Thursday, August 05, 2004

I regret having left off my regular posting of my readings of Homer. I'm in Book X of the Odyssey, having passed through with our hero in the horrible adventure with the Cyclops.

How clever is our hero, when the Cyclops asks him his name, he answers, "My name is No Man." (E.V. Rieu translates the name as "Nobody." in the Penguin edition.)

Ah, but Cyclops gets one last good one against Odysseus, in praying to Poseidon that Odysseus may never reach his home in Ithaca. Will Poseidon heed the blinded giant's prayer? And will any other god help Odysseus overcome this and reach his home, Penelope, and Telemachus?

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