And now Odysseus' cunning was revealed.
He stripped off his rags and leapt with his bow
To the great threshold. Spreading the arrows
Out before his feet, he spoke to the suitors:
"Now that we've separated the men from the boys,
5I'll see if I can hit a mark that no man Has ever hit. Apollo grant me glory!"
As he spoke he took aim at Antinous,
Who at that moment was lifting to his lips
A golden cup—a fine, two-eared golden goblet—
10And was just about to sip the wine. Bloodshed Was the farthest thing from his mind.
They were at a banquet. Who would think
That one man, however strong, would take them all on
And so ensure his own death? Odysseus
15Took dead aim at Antinous' throat and shot, And the arrow punched all the way through
The soft neck tissue. Antinous fell to one side,
The cup dropped from his hands, and a jet
Of dark blood spurted from his nostrils.
20He kicked the table as he went down, Spilling the food on the floor, and the bread
And roast meat were fouled in the dust.
Burst into an uproar when they saw
Antinous go down. They jumped from their seats
25And ran in a panic through the hall,