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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

by Homer

The Odyssey Eurykleia Quotes

Quote #1

So he spoke and the dear nurse Eurykleia cried out, and bitterly lamenting she addressed him in winged words: ‘Why, my beloved child, has this intention come into your mind? Why do you wish to wander over much country, you, an only and loved son? Illustrious Odysseus has perished far from his country in some outlandish region. And these men will devise evils against you, on your returning, so you shall die by guile, and they divide all that is yours. No, but stay here and guard your possessions. It is not right for you to wander and suffer hardships on the barren wide sea.’ (2.361-370)

Eurykleia’s loyalty to Odysseus’s household is seen in her love for Telemachos, whom she treats like her own son.

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