Some notes on Odysseus’ life and death: Forgotten Family and Falling Feces

“No other Odysseus will ever come home to you”


οὐ μὲν γάρ τοι ἔτ’ ἄλλος ἐλεύσεται ἐνθάδ’ ᾿Οδυσσεύς,



Since it seems we have been obsessed with Odysseus for a while, starting with our concern about whether anyone can ever know the real Odysseus (especially his wife if he follows Agamemnon’s advice and thanks to the various disguises facilitated by Athena), we wanted to put some of them together.  Even though we know we shouldn’t repeat ourselves (say something once, why say it again?), we have learned a few delightful things about are favorite (un)hero.


For one, we learned that Odysseus had a sister named Ktimene! And we’re still waiting for news from anyone else about this one.


In his great exploits, satyrs are by his side (according to Euripides, at least). And though Pindar is convinced his Homeric tales are a pack of lies, all of his tales teach us that suffering has meaning and helps to define who we are.



And how we end our lives is probably more important than how they begin. We already knew that death would come to Odysseus from the sea, but who knew that it would involve falling feces?


Any other strange storiesout there?