Tuesday, August 18, 2015

TFBT: Eumaneus and Philoetius Help Execute the Suitors

Well this is embarrassing!  Hour 25 participants enjoy a weekly quiz on topics discussed that week in the forums.  One of the questions on the latest quiz (https://www.testmoz.com/545228 ) was “In order to prove to his servants Eumaeus and Melanthius that he was Odysseus, he shows the servants the scar on his inner thigh. "Come, I'll show you something—living proof— know me for certain, put your minds at rest. This scar, look," Where'd he get the scar?”   

Maya M, a regular visitor to Hour 25 and contributor to this blog, commented “A correction to your latest quiz - I think it must be Philoetius instead of Melanthius.”    Although it didn’t affect anyone’s score Maya is right! 

Book 2; 207  “ And I (Odysseus) know that by you two alone of all my thralls is my coming desired, but of the rest have I heard not one praying that I might come back again to my home. But to you two will I tell the truth, even as it shall be. If a god shall subdue the lordly wooers unto me, I will bring you each a wife, and will give you possessions nd a house built near my own, and thereafter you two shall be in my eyes friends and brothers of Telemachus. Nay, come, more than this, I will shew you also a manifest sign, that you may know me well and be assured in heart, even the scar of the wound which long ago a boar dealt me with his white tusk, when I went to Parnassus with the sons of Autolycus.” So saying, he drew aside the rags from the great scar. And when the two had seen it, and had marked each thing well, they flung their arms about wise Odysseus, and wept; and they kissed his head and shoulders in loving welcome. And even in like manner Odysseus kissed their heads and hands. And now the light of the sun would have gone down upon their weeping, had not Odysseus himself checked them, and said: “Cease now from weeping and wailing, lest some one come forth from the hall and see us, and make it known within as well. But go within one after another, not all together, I first and you thereafter, and let this be made a sign. All the rest, as many as are lordly wooers, will not suffer the bow and the quiver to be given to me; but do thou, goodly Eumaeus, as thou bearest the bow through the halls, place it in my hands, and bid the women bar the close-fitting doors of their hall. And if any one of them hears groanings or the din of men within our walls, let them not rush out, but remain where they are in silence at their work. But to thee, goodly Philoetius, do I give charge to fasten with a bar the gate of the court, and swiftly to cast a cord upon it.”


Sorry everyone!  And thanks Maya!




  1. Thank you for this post! I don't think it is embarrassing. Such things always happen when one is writing a quiz. At my work, when we write new tests for students, we first give them to each other to catch our mistakes. So once a colleague mentioned that I had marked as correct answer a wrong phase of the cell cycle. It is a huge mistake to write e.g. G1 instead of G2 or M instead of S. Another time, I had written that bacteria have no basal bodies. They actually have, but they are quite unlike those of eukaryotes, and I had no idea that this very different structure was also called "basal body". This is what I call embarrassment!

    (My occupation influenced even the way I referred in my story to the famous "cestus" of Aphrodite:
    "She untied her girdle and held it in her hands... This girdle was said to have magical powers and to cause instant falling in love. However, Prometheus had made it himself (he had considered it a nice joke) and so knew that the substances with which the girdle was soaked would act only on insects.")