Here's a little irony for you; several passages of the suitors speaking. The first is the suitors words to the disguised Odysseus after beating another beggar in a fight the suitors found very amusing. The second is a prophecy.
- Odysseus 18:111 “May Zeus grant thee, stranger, and the other immortal gods what thou desirest most, and the dearest wish of thy heart..."
- Odysseus 22:143 “So spoke Antinous, and his word was pleasing to them. Then first arose Leiodes, son of Oenops, who was their soothsayer... “Friends, it is not I that shall string it; let another take it. For many princes shall this bow rob of spirit and of life, since verily it is better far to die than to live on and fail of that for the sake of which we ever gather here, waiting expectantly day after day."
Next some "prayers" by Penelope to virgin huntress goddess Artemis the murderess of Niobe's daughters. Atsma at www.theoi.com says, "Artemis was the goddess who brought sudden death to infants, girls and women, for she was not only the protector of girls, but also by contrast their destroyer."
- Odyssey 18:201 “Would that pure Artemis would even now give so soft a death,”
- Odyssey 20:60 “Would that even so those who have dwellings on Olympus would blot me from sight, or that fair-tressed Artemis would smite me, so that with Odysseus before my mind I might even pass beneath the hateful earth”
Odysseus 20:45 “For shame” replied the owl-visioned goddess Athena, “Why anyone else would trust a worse ally…Am I not a goddess and Have I not protected you throughout our ordeals?” Apparently Odysseus knew the favors of the gods are fickle.
I’m still tracking Homer’s use of “Achaeans”; Odysseus 20:145, 20:275, 21:415, 22:90. The Bard as Narrator hasn’t used Argives or Danaans yet.