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The Time of Anger

"Now is not the time for anger."
-- Odysseus, "Oddysey" by Homer

Telemachos and Odysseus slaugher Penelopes' suitors.

Be Our Guests: Odysseus And Telemachos Slaughter Penelopes' Suitors
Lois-Vincent-Leon Palliere, 1812

By the time Odysseus said that, he'd been twenty years away from his infant son. By the time Odysseus returned from the Trojan War, that son was a strong proud and angry young man, as for much of those twenty years 108 jealous suitors had been courting Odysseus' wife Penelope that they could become King of Ithaca, a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea just south of the Adriatic and north of the Mediterranean.

Every last one of those 108 suitors are drunken layabouts. Cowards as well: every last one of them could have been granted Penelopes' hand in marriage had they observed the Ancient Greeks' Rules Of Courtship by asking her father to wed Penelope. But no: they refuse to meet with her father Ikarios because he knows they are not worthy of his daughter:

For my mother, against her will, is beset by suitors, own sons to the men who are greatest hereabouts. These shrink from making the journey to the house of her father Ikarios, so that he might take bride gifts for his daughter and bestow her on the one he wished, who came as his favorite; rather, all their days, they come and loiter in our house and sacrifice our oxen and our sheep and our fat goats and make a holiday feast of it and drink the bright wine recklessly. Most of our substance is wasted.

But Odysseus, despite ten years of punishment for being so proud at having won the war with his deception of a giant, hollow, rolling wooden horse filled with heavily armed men that he felt he no longer owed fealty to the Gods, was first and foremost a warrior: not long after Odysseus said that to his impulsive Telemachus, there was a time for anger: the two of them entered a room in their home full of Penelope's suitors, barred the its doors' handles by passing a spear through then, thereby dooming all 108:

Until just then disguised by the Goddess Athena - "The Protectress Of Heros - as an elderly beggar, Odysseus grabbed then strung a mighty bow, a bow so strong and heavy that only the mighty Odysseus himself could have strung it. Having now dropped his disguise Odysseus opens fire with arrows while Telemachos runs

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