Ms. Zanti 2/21/12 Period 1 The Odyssey Book II I. New/Important Characters: a. Aegyptius- Ithacan Lord b. Telemachus- Son of Odysseus c. Antinous- Suitor d. Halitherses- Old hero/master of bird lore e. Eurymachus-Suitor f. Eurycleia- Telemachus’ nurse g. Athena-Goddess of wisdom and battle h. Mentor-Old friend of Odysseus II. Summary a. In Book II, Telemachus calls an assembly of the “long-haired Acheans” at Athena’s request. He asks them to respect his father’s home and make the suitors vacate the premises. The suitors have their chance to speak, and they tell the elders that Penelope has been teasing them. She told them that she would choose a husband when she finished weaving her tapestry, but every night she has been undoing it. The elders deny Telemachus’ request. Telemachus then asks permission to seek out news of his father himself. If he hears word, he will wait one year for Odysseus to return. If he hears nothing, he will come back and give Penelope away in marriage. In the meantime, Penelope is to go to her father’s house and save for a substantial dowry. The elders agree. Athena, disguised as Mentor, helps Telemachus to get a ship and crew together. He is to leave at daybreak. III. Discussion topics: a. Why are the suitors being so nasty to Telemachus? i. I don’t know what their motivation is for this. If I was trying to win Penelope’s hand in marriage, I would be nicer to her son. If any of the suitors were nice, Penelope would be more likely to choose one. They seem to be the exact opposite of Odysseus. ii. Group Member 1 iii. Group Member 2 iv. Group Member 3 b. Give evidence of the values that are important to society in this chapter. i. One value that is prevalent in Book II is the way that the Greeks receive guests. Even though Penelope does not want the suitors in her house, she is kind to them. She makes sure they are well fed and comfortable ii. Group Member 1 iii. Group Member 2 iv. Group Member 3 IV. Question: a. Why do the suitors agree to let Telemachus have a ship and search for his father? They do not want him to hear any news of Odysseus, so why would they let him go? If you were a suitor, would you let him go?