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Iros in The Odyssey


Sometimes spelled Irus. Also known as Arnaeus. The real beggar of the palace in Ithaka. He gets territorial when a new beggar (who we know to be Odysseus in disguise) starts poking around his turf. Possibly one of the most hilarious scenes in the Odyssey comes when Iros challenges Odysseus to a fight, and the hero responds by ripping off his shirt and terrifying his opponent.