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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 24: Peace at Last (Conclusion)

Book 24: Peace at Last Hermes, the guide of the dead, went to the ghosts of the suitors and led them down to the Land of the Dead. The ghosts made cries like bats as they mourned the loss of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 23: The Bed of Penelope and Odysseus

Book 23: The Bed of Penelope and Odysseus Eurycleia went to awaken Penelope. She stood over her and said, “Wake up, queen. What you wished for has happened. Odysseus has returned, and he has killed all of the suitors.” “Eurycleia,” … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 22: The Battle in the Great Hall

Book 22: The Battle in the Great Hall Odysseus poured the arrows from the quiver. There they lay in front of him, within easy reach, so that he could kill and kill again. He yelled to the suitors, “The contest … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 21: Odysseus and the Archery Contest

Book 21: Odysseus and the Archery Contest Penelope realized that the time for the archery contest had come. She went to the storeroom and found Odysseus’ bow. The bow was a guest-gift that Odysseus had received while on a mission … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 20: Deadly Omens for the Suitors

Book 20: Deadly Omens for the Suitors Odysseus put his blanket on the floor of the entrance-hall, but he found it difficult to sleep. He thought, Tomorrow is the day that I kill the suitors, or they kill me. Tomorrow … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 19: Odysseus and Penelope

Book 19: Odysseus and Penelope Odysseus and Telemachus were the only mortals left in the Great Hall, but Athena was present, too. Odysseus said to Telemachus, “Now we have the opportunity to take the weapons from the walls and put … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 17: Odysseus Enters His Palace

Book 17: Odysseus Enters His Palace The next morning, Telemachus put on his sandals and said, “I’m off to my palace to see my mother. I know that she will not stop crying until she sees for herself that I … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 16: Odysseus and Telemachus

Book 16: Odysseus and Telemachus As Telemachus neared the swineherd’s hut, the dogs caught his scent. The dogs did not growl, so Odysseus knew that one of Eumaeus’ friends must be arriving. Telemachus stood in the doorway of the hut, … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 15: Telemachus Returns to Ithaca

Book 15: Telemachus Returns to Ithaca Athena went to Lacedaemon to find Telemachus and tell him to return to Ithaca. She appeared to him as he lay in bed, unable to sleep. Athena, her eyes blazing in the night, told … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Homer’s ODYSSEY: A Retelling in Prose — Book 14: Odysseus and the Loyal Swineherd

Book 14: Odysseus and the Loyal Swineherd Odysseus climbed up a rugged path to find the swineherd — Athena had shown him which path to take. The swineherd was loyal to Odysseus. He worked hard to keep Odysseus’ pigs safe … Continue reading

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