Odysseus’ three timeless words

τέτλαθι δή, κραδίη—Odyssey 20.18 I’ve shared often these three words, rendered as Odysseus’ rallying cry to himself after he returns to Ithaca and prepares to battle the suitors, as I find them so resonant, especially in these strange days we are living through. What I find neat about them is how similarly they’re translated acrossContinue reading “Odysseus’ three timeless words”

Penelope’s dream in the Odyssey

“But come, hear this dream of mine, and interpret it for me:I had twenty geese round the house, they came up from the waterand I fed them on wheat: the sight of them warmed my heart.But down from the mountain swooped a great eagle, with curved beak,broke all their necks and killed them. They layContinue reading “Penelope’s dream in the Odyssey”

The Odyssey’s opening stanza

“The man, Muse—tell me about that resourceful man, who wandered far and wide, when he’d sacked Troy’s sacred citadel: many men’s townships he saw, and learned their ways of thinking, many the griefs he suffered at heart on the open sea, battling for his own life and his comrades’ homecoming. Yet no way could heContinue reading “The Odyssey’s opening stanza”