ODYSSEY 8

Dawn spread her roselight over the sky,
And Alcinous awoke in all his sacred might,
As did Zeus-born Odysseus, sacker of cities.
Alcinous led the way to the Phaeacian assembly,

Which was built near the harbor. The Phaeacians
5
Filed in and sat on the polished stones
Close by each other, and Pallas Athena,
Disguised as Alcinous' herald, went through the city
To lay the groundwork for Odysseus' trip home,
Going up to each man and saying to him:
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"Gather round, Phaeacian leaders and counselors,
And go to the assembly to learn of the stranger
Who has just arrived at Alcinous' palace,
Driven over the sea, a man like a god."

This got their attention, and the seats
15
In the assembly filled up quickly with men
Who marveled at the sight of Laertes' son,
For Athena poured on his shoulders and head
A shimmering grace and made him taller
And more heavily muscled, so that he would be
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Welcomed by the Phaeacians as a man to respect,
And so he would be able to accomplish the feats
The Phaeacians would use to test his mettle.
When the men were all gathered, Alcinous spoke:

"Hear me, Phaeacian lords and counselors,
25
So I may speak what is in my heart.

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  • Homer - Odyssey *
  • Contents v
  • Introduction xiii
  • Note on the Text lxiv
  • Odyssey 1 1
  • Odyssey 2 *
  • Odyssey 3 28
  • Odyssey 4 44
  • Odyssey 5 70
  • Odyssey 6 85
  • Odyssey 7 95
  • Odyssey 8 106
  • Odyssey 9 125
  • Odyssey 10 141
  • Odyssey 11 158
  • Odyssey 12 178
  • Odyssey 13 192
  • Odyssey 14 206
  • Odyssey 15 222
  • Odyssey 16 240
  • Odyssey 17 256
  • Odyssey 18 276
  • Odyssey 19 290
  • Odyssey 20 309
  • Odyssey 21 322
  • Odyssey 22 336
  • Odyssey 23 353
  • Odyssey 24 365
  • Translator''s Postscript 382
  • Glossary of Names 385
  • Index of Speeches 403
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 412
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