Homer, Odyssey 12.452-3: Say something once, why say it again?

12.453-3

“I hate telling a story again once it has been told clearly.”

 

… ἐχθρὸν δέ μοί ἐστιν

αὖτις ἀριζήλως εἰρημένα μυθολογεύειν.”

 

So Odysseus says at the end of his Apologoi. Perhaps this is an expression of Homeric aesthetics, or maybe Odysseus just doesn’t want to have to repeat his yarn again.

 

Here’s the full text.

 

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