The Kindness of Eumaeus

Published January 27, 2014 by wouldbewitch

JStykaEumaeus When Odysseus arrives back at Ithca, Athena disguises him as an old beggar. He goes to the swineherd, Eumaeus and is received with kindness. He lets Odysseus stay at his house and feeds and clothes him. He even gives him the best part of the pig he kills, which is the loin. He then goes on to tell him of all of what happening around Ithaca, even though he has no idea who Odysseus is. Odysseus tells him he wants to meet the queen and beg for a place to stay and tell her of his news of Odysseus. At first Eumaeus is hesitant because of the suitors but then help him enter the palace.

From what I’ve read it is a custom to treat the guest as kings or queens and that just what Eumaeus does, but I think its more to do with Eumaeus as a character since he was treated with kindness when Odysseus father bought him. He is just trying to repay the favor. Now if everyone was a generous as Eumaeus…


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