Traynor's Odyssey: Books 15 and 16 (Book 15 (Plot (Athena travels to…
Traynor's Odyssey: Books 15 and 16
Athena travels to Sparta and sees Telemachus and Pisistratus. Telemachus is not sleeping because he worries for his father.
Athena tells him that the suitors are waiting to kill him and teaches him to avoid it. She tells him to return home before she is convinced to marry Eurymachus. Last, she tells him to go to Eurmaeus to tell Penelope of his return home.
Telemachus announces his leaving and accepts gifts from Helen and Telemachus.
As Telemachus is leaving, an eagle carrying a goose flies down. Helen believes that this means that Odysseus is going to get rid of the suitors soon.
In Pylos, Telemachus tells his companion to drop him off so that he does not have to socialize at the palace. A man trying to escape manslaughter in Argos visits them
Odysseus test their hospitality by offering to leave in the morning and go work for the suitors. Eumaeus says that he will not allow it.
Odysseus and Eumaeus exchange stories. E was a prince. He was kidnapped by Phoenician pirates with the help of one of his maids. Laretes bought him in Ithica where he was raised alongside his daughter.
When Telemachus arrives there is a hawk carrying a dove in it's talons representing favor for Odysseus against the suitors.
Theoclymenus is the man that joins Telemachus on his journey. His goal is to escape manslaughter in Argos. Along the journey he makes predictions about what will happen when he reaches home.
Telemachus reaches the home of Eumaus to find him talking to a strange beggar, who is Odysseus in disguise.
Eumaus tells the beggar's story and suggests he stay in the palace with Telemachus, but Telemachus worries the suitors will be violent.
Eumaeus goes to the palace to tell Penelope of Telemachus's return home.
While only the father and the son are in the hut, Athena turns Odysseus back into his true form.
When Odysseus returns to the cabin, his son is in disbelief. He did nto believe it could be his father, and only believed it was a god.
The two embrace when Telemachus comes to terms and weep.
Odysseus retells the story of his return with the Phacians, then the two begin to plot against the suitors.
Telemachus believes that they will be no match to the suitors but Odysseus assures that Athena and Zeus will be on their side throughout the battle.
They plan that Odysseus will enter the palace as a beggar and Telemachus will hide with the surplus where they are safe.
Before Eumaus can give the news, a messenger from the ship returns and tells everyone (including the suitors) that Telemachus is back.
The suitors assemble to take down Telemachus. Antinous suggests that they kill him before he calls out the suitors, but Amphimous tells them to wait for a sign from the gods before doing anything too soon.
Amphimous is a well educated suitor and the son of Nisus.