Posted by ESC on June 18, 2001
In Reply to: I've been searching, searching posted by R. Berg on June 18, 2001
: : Somewhere in a recent thread, the answer to a question was a verse from Homer's Odessy. But, I don't remember the question. Since there are several replies per thread it would unfortunately take too long reading answers. I'm hoping that someone may remember the question / discussion. Thanks.
: If the person who posted the answer identified the source of the verse, a search under "Homer" or "Odyssey" should produce it. "Homer" merely finds posts containing "home." "Odyssey" locates a thread from March ABOUT the Odyssey, but no verse. Are you sure it wasn't on a different bulletin board?
: I habitually read everything here, and it doesn't sound familiar.
: You know, of course, that clicking on the last post in a thread usually shows the whole thread? This is faster than clicking on each post and lots faster than reading the whole Odyssey.
This is all I found:
"May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires." Homer, "The Illiad."
ODYSSEY - "A great journey, especially a long and complicated one. Such a journey may be physical, but this word is often applied to mental, emotional, or spiritual searches. The word comes from the title of the second epic poem of Homer. The 'Odyssey' is the story of the 10-year wandering of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, in his effort to return home after the Trojan War. Odysseus has to contend with many obstacles, some of which are (literary) allusions the reader will find in this volume: Cyclops, the land of the Lotus Eaters, Scylla and Charybdis. There are tribes who imprison him, and the cannibals. Then there are the women, Nausicaa, the princess, and Circe, the enchantress. Of course, when Odysseus finally arrives home, he finds his palace overrun with greedy suitors who hope to marry his wife, Penelope. Penelope has been stalling them for years, but the situation is getting very difficult with the unwanted guests eating her out of housse and home. Odysseus kills them all and is happily reunited with his wife and son." From the "Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions" by Elizabeth Webber and Mike Feinsilber (Merriam-Webster, Springfield, Mass., 1999).