The Odyssey
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Chapter Summaries
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Chapter Summary
Book 1-2

Summary: Book 1

The narrator invokes the muse, asking for inspiration as he narrates the heroic tale of Odysseus. The story...

Book 3-4

Summary: Book 3

Telemachus and Mentor, Athena in disguise, witness a religious ceremony in which scores of bulls are sacrif...

Book 5-6

Summary: Book 5

Barring Poseidon, all the gods gather again on Mount Olympus to discuss Odysseus’ fate. Athena’s speech...

Book 7-8

Summary: Book 7

Odysseus is on his way to the palace of Alcinous, the king of the Phaeacians, when he is stopped by a young...

Book 9

Odysseus reluctantly narrates to the Phaeacians the sordid tale of his wanderings. Odysseus and his men are swept off by winds from Troy to Ismarus...

Book 10-11

Summary: Book 10

From the land of the Cyclopes, the Achaeans sail to the home of Aeolus, the ruler of the winds. Aeolus gif...

Book 12-14

Summary: Book 12

Odysseus returns to Aeaea to bury Elpenor and spends one last night with Circe. She foretells the obstacle...

Book 15-16

Summary: Book 15

Athena travels to Sparta and tells Telemachus that he must hurry home to Ithaca before the suitors succeed...

Book 17-18

Summary: Book 17

Telemachus leaves Odysseus at Eumaeus’s hut and reaches his palace where mother Penelope and nurse Euryc...

Book 19-20

Summary: Book 19

At night when the suitors retire, Telemachus and Odysseus remove the arms as Athena lights up the room for...

Book 21-22

Summary: Book 21

Penelope brings out Odysseus’ bow from the storeroom and announces that she will marry the person who ca...

Book 23-24

Summary: Book 23

Eurycleia goes upstairs to call Penelope who has slept through the entire episode. Penelope doesn’t beli...

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