Wednesday Quotes
The Secret of the Marriage Bed
November 13, 2013

Penelope (to Telemachus): “If really he is Odysseus, truly home, beyond all doubt we two shall know each other better than you or anyone. There are secret signs we know, we two.” … Odysseus: “There is our pact and pledge, our secret sign, built into that bed—my handiwork and no one else’s! […]

Wednesday Quotes
Return of the Master, Readiness to Fight
November 6, 2013

‘You, herdsman, and you, too, swineherd… Would you be men enough to stand by Odysseus if he came back? Would you bear arms for him…?’ The cowherd said: ‘Ah, let the master come! Father Zeus, grant our old wish! Some courier guide him back! Then judge what stuff is in me and […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Swineherd’s Piety
October 30, 2013

The swineherd then gave orders to his men: ‘Bring in our best pig for a stranger’s dinner. A feast will do our hearts good too; we know grief and pain, hard scrabbling with our swine, while the outsiders live on our labor.’ Bronze axe in hand, he turned to split up kindling, […]

Wednesday Quotes
Keeping Faith by Keeping Swine
October 23, 2013

“Of all Odysseus’ field hands in the old days this forester cared most for the estate; and now Odysseus found him in a remote clearing, sitting inside the gate of a stockade he built to keep the swine while his great lord was gone.” Homer, Odyssey, Bk XIV Eumaeus is a man […]