Illustrations for the Odyssey of Homer


  • Book 1
    • Calypso and Odysseus — Calypso keeps Odysseus back though he yearns for home. Odyssey 1.14
    • Zeus, Hermes, and Athena — “My heart is torn for the wise Odysseus”. Odyssey 1.49
    • A suitor, Athena as Mentes, and another suitor. — Mentes (Athena) stood at the doorway while the wooers played draughts. Odyssey 1.103
    • Athena and Telemachus — Athena herself he led and seated on a chair. Odyssey 1.130
    • Eurycleia and Telemachus — Telemachus, where his chamber was built in the beautiful court, high, in a place of wide outlook, thither went to his bed, pondering many things in mind; and with him, bearing blazing torches, went true-hearted Eurycleia, daughter of Ops, son of Peisenor. — Odyssey 1.427
  • Book 2
    • Penelope at her loom — “Then day by day she would weave at the great web, but by night would unravel it, when she had let place torches by her. Odyssey2.104
    • Telemachus and citizens of Ithaca — In the Assembly Telemachus declares, “My mother have wooers beset against her will”. Odyssey 2.50
    • Telemachus sails — “The mast of fir they raised and set in the hollow socket, and made it fast with fore-stays, and hauled up the white sail with twisted thongs of ox-hide. So the wind filled the belly of the sail, and the dark wave sang loudly about the stem of the ship as she went, and she sped over the wave accomplishing her way. ” Odyssey 2.424
  • Book 4
    • Alcippe and Helen — “…forth then from her fragrant high-roofed chamber came Helen, like Artemis of the golden arrows;1 and with her came Adraste, and placed for her a chair, beautifully wrought, and Alcippe brought a rug of soft wool.” Homer, Odyssey 4.120
    • Iphthime and Penelope — “Then the goddess, flashing-eyed Athena, took other counsel. She made a phantom, and likened it in form to a woman, Iphthime, daughter of great-hearted Icarius, whom Eumelus wedded, whose home was in Pherae. And she sent it to the house of divine Odysseus, to Penelope in the midst of her wailing and lamenting, to bid her cease from weeping and tearful lamentation.” Homer, Odyssey 4.795
  • Book 6
    • Odysseus, Athena, Nausicaa, and her maids — “Nay, O queen, have pity; for it is to thee first that I am come after many grievous toils, and of the others who possess this city and land I know not one. Shew me the city, and give me some rag to throw about me, if thou hadst any wrapping for the clothes when thou camest hither”. Odyssey 10.233
  • Book 9
    • Polyphemus and Odysseus — “then verily I drew nigh, bringing the stake from the fire, and my comrades stood round me and a god breathed into us great courage.” Odyssey 9.380
    • Polyphemus and Odysseus — Odyssey 9.380
    • Odysseus under the ram — “there was a ram, far the best of all the flock; him I grasped by the back, and curled beneath his shaggy belly, lay there face upwards with steadfast heart, clinging fast with my hands to his wondrous fleece.” Odyssey 9.431
  • Book 10
    • Circe and the crew — “She brought them in and made them sit on chairs and seats, and made for them a potion of cheese and barley meal and yellow honey with Pramnian wine; but in the food she mixed baneful drugs, that they might utterly forget their native land.”. Odyssey 10.233
    • Circe and Odysseus — “She brought me in and made me sit on a silver-studded chair, a beautiful chair, richly wrought, and beneath was a foot-stool for the feet. And she prepared me a potion in a golden cup, that I might drink, and put therein a drug, with evil purpose in her heart.” Odyssey 10.314
  • Book 11
    • Elpenor and Odysseus — “The first to come was the spirit of my comrade Elpenor. Not yet had he been buried beneath the broad-wayed earth, for we had left his corpse behind us in the hall of Circe, unwept and unburied,” Odyssey 11.51
  • Book 12
  • Book 19
    • Odysseus and Eurycleia — “So she drew near and began to wash her lord, and straightway knew the scar of the wound which long ago a boar had dealt him with his white tusk, when Odysseus had gone to Parnassus to visit Autolycus and the sons of Autolycus,”. Odyssey 19.392
    • Odysseus and Eurycleia — Odyssey 19.392
  • Book 22
    • Odysseus and his bow — “But Odysseus of many wiles stripped off his rags and sprang to the great threshold with the bow and the quiver full of arrows, and poured forth the swift arrows right there before his feet,” Odyssey 22.1
    • The wooers shot with arrows — . Odyssey 22.1

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