What two epithets does the prophet use to describe Odysseus?

2 Answers | Add Yours

ichabod's profile pic

ichabod | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted on

I assume that this question refers to the prophet Teiresias in Book XIof The Odyssey. If so, this is a very straight forward answer. Upon meeting Odysseus in Hades, the blind prophet Teiresias refers to Odysseus as “master of land ways and sea ways” and as the “man of woe” (this second epithet perhaps being the most famous “nickname” for Odysseus).  Any basic understanding of the tale of Odysseus makes these epithets easy to understand. Odysseus is perhaps the most famous traveler in history and has earned the title of master of land a sea. And as far as the epithet man of woe goes, well…In the annals of literature perhaps only Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings has suffered as much as Odysseus.

ichabod's profile pic

ichabod | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted on

I assume that this question refers to the prophet Teiresias in Book XI of The Odyssey. If so, this is a very straight forward answer. Upon meeting Odysseus in Hades, the blind prophet Teiresias refers to Odysseus as “master of land ways and sea ways” and as the “man of woe” (this second epithet perhaps being the most famous “nickname” for Odysseus).  Any basic understanding of the tale of Odysseus makes these epithets easy to understand. Odysseus is perhaps the most famous traveler in history and has earned the title of master of land a sea. And as far as the epithet man of woe goes, well…In the annals of literature perhaps only Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings has suffered as much as Odysseus.

 

We’ve answered 318,917 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question