Saturday, June 11, 2016

TFBT: Eurybates

The wide-wandering Eurybates of Ithaca (Iliad ii. 184) was the herald of Odysseus.  It is said of him;

“a little older than (Odysseus), and I will tell thee of him too, what manner of man he was. He was round-shouldered, dark of skin, and curly-haired, and his name was Eurybates; and Odysseus honored him above his other comrades, because he was like-minded with himself.” Od. xix. 246

It is generally believed that this was the same Herald Eurybates that accompanied Odysseus as party of the embassy to Achilles (Iliad ix. 170)  and along with Agamemnon’s herald Talthybius had the inenviable task to   "Go to the hut of Achilles, Peleus' son, and take by the hand the fair-cheeked Briseis, (Hom. Il. i. 319,   



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