THE FABULA OF THE ODYSSEY
In principle, the fabula † of a narrative text contains all the events which are presented in the story †, i.e., in the main story † and embedded stories †. In the case of the Odyssey, this would mean that the fabula runs from Odysseus' youthful expedition to Mount Parnassus (or were Laertes' acquisition of Euryclea or the kidnapping of little Eumaeus earlier?) until his gentle death at a great age. In practice, it is more useful to concentrate on those events which form a unity; in the case of the Odyssey, the twenty years of Odysseus' absence and the fortyone days of his return home.
The main events of the Odyssean fabula are: