Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Myths and Legends: Odysseus and the Suitors

Odysseus and the Suitors. To find out more about Odysseus and his journey home, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

Most people remember best the first part of Homer's Odyssey, the story of Odysseus' adventure-filled journey from Troy back to his home in Ithaca. When he gets home, however, even more adventures are in store. His home is full of suitors who have been vying for the hand of his wife, and putative widow, Penelope. In the image for today, Odysseus has just defeated the other suitors in an archery contest and is now turning his bow and arrow on the suitors themselves. You can read more about the reprehensible suitors in this article at Carlos Parada's website, Greek Mythology Link. The image is by Gustav Schwabe (1792-1850), the author of a popular and influential German textbook about Greek mythology; you can read more about Schwabe at Wikipedia and you can find more of his images online here.

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