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Potent Quotables #2: Simplicity and the Odyssey

Penelope and her Suitors

This semester, I’m taking a Greek class that focuses on Homer’s Odyssey. We’re reading the work in translation to provide the narrative structure for what comes later (our own translating of the text) and I came across a brief gem in book two of Alexander Pope’s translation. Telemachus, the son of long-lost Odysseus, laments what certain nobleman – who just happen to be courting his “widowed” mother Penelope – have done to his household: Continue reading

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