Homer Quotes (Author of The Odyssey)
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Quotes from the Odyssey That Highlight the Major Themes
Quote 1: "'My word, how mortals take the gods to task! All their afflictions come from us, we hear. And what of their own failings? Greed and folly double the suffering in the lot of man. See how Aigisthos, for his double portion, stole Agamemnon's wife and killed the soldier on his homecoming day. And yet Aigisthos knew what doom lay in this.
That is the gods' work, spinning threads of death through the lives of mortal men, and all to make a song for those to come Here, King Alcinous probes the disguised Odysseus after Odysseus weeps at the minstrel's song about the Trojan War -- subsequently, Odysseus' identity is revealed. Alcinous' words provide insight into the relationship that Greeks of the time had with the gods: even tragedies are fated, and therefore ought not to be lamented; rather, one is justified in mourning only if one personally lost someone a family member, for instance in the tragedy. Equally interesting, the gods are given the role of of storytellers here: they ordain events such that they might become stories for future generations of men. The crown of life, I'd say.
Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy. Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds, many pains he suffered, heartsick on the open sea, fighting to save his life and bring his comrades home. But he could not save them from disaster, hard as he strove — the recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all, the blind fools, they devoured the cattle of the Sun and the Sungod blotted out he day of their return. Launch out on his story, Muse, daughter of Zeus, start from where you will — sign for our time too. These are the words spoken at the commencement of The Odyssey.
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