Once again disguised, Odysseus goes into town and on the way he meets a goatherd named Melantheus who curses and tries to kick him. At his castle gate, the hero is recognized by a dog that he raised as a pup. Seeing his master again the old dog dies. Athena urges Odysseus while he begs for food. One man, Antinous, refuses to give even a crumb. He hurled his footstool at Odysseus hitting him in the back. This makes the other suitors nervous because sometimes the gods dress up as mortals to test their righteousness.
Epic Sigma 18 (sig-ma)
Irus, a real beggar, threatens Odysseus to get off his turf. Irus curls his hand to make a fist and Odysseus throws off his tunic into his boxer’s belt. The suitors gaze at Odysseus’ muscles. Odysseus breaks Irus’ jaw not wishing to kill him. Another suitor tries to hit Odysseus with a footstool like Antinous had done.
Epic Tau 19 (tawh)
Odysseus had a long talk with his queen, Penelope, but did not reveal his identity to her. Penelope ordered her maid Eurycleia to bathe his feet and rub them with oil. Eurycleia was Odysseus’ nurse when he was a child and recognized his scar above his knee. She puts her hand out to his chin but Odysseus silences her otherwise she may give away his plot and identity.
Epic Upsilon 20 (oop-si-lon)
Odysseus asks for a sign and Zeus sends a clap of thunder out of the clear blue sky. A servant prays that this is the day be the last of the suitors abuse. Odysseus meets another herdsman who swears his loyalty to the missing king. A prophet, a murderer, who has been befriended by Telemachus has a vision and tells the suitors “I see walls of this palace dripping with your blood.” The suitors just laugh.
Epic Phi 21 (figh or fie)
Penelope goes before the suitors in her veil and in her hand lies a bow that Odysseus left behind. She says ‘Whoever strings this bow and sends an arrow straight through the sockets of 12 ax heads lined in a row – that man I will marry.” Each suitor takes a turn and loses. Odysseus tries and succeeds. Then his father and Telemachus arm themselves and stand up next to Odysseus.
Epic Chi 22 (kigh)
Antinous is lifting a drinking cup when Odysseus comes and puts an arrow through his throat. Athena appears just as the suitors get armed with shields and spears. Odysseus, Telemachus and two faithful herdsman stop the lances and finish off the work with swords. The housemaids who helped the suitors were hung and the goat herdsman is chopped to bits.
Epic Psi 23 (sigh)
Odysseus tells everyone to dress in their finest outfits and dance, so no one will see what has happened. Penelope still does not accept that it is truly her husband without proof. She tells her servant to make his bed. Odysseus yells “Who moved my bed?! I carved the bedpost out of an olive tree trunk and built the bedroom around it.” Penelope rushes into his arms.
Epic Omega 24 (o-may-gah)
Odysseus goes to the vineyard where his father, old King Laertes, works like a peasant. The suitors have gathered to where the father of Antinous prepares them to fight. Odysseus, his father, and Telemachus go to fight. Laertes puts a lance through the helmet of Antinous’ father, who falls to the ground dead and the fighting stops. Athena tells everyone to live together in peace for the years to come.