Thursday, March 31, 2016

An Overview of the Struggle

Ever since the beginning of Odysseus' reign over his kingdom, he has been very highly regarded as a great leader. He knows how to work with his crew, is loyal to the land and people that he loves, and has perseverance to fight through the storm.
His teamwork with his crew has shown many times throughout his journey. The first example of this is when he is deciding who to take with him into battle. He gives them an equal chance of getting to fight the cyclops with him by letting them choose random odds. "Next I told the rest of the men to cast lots, to find out which of them must endure with me to take up the great beam and spin it in the Cyclops' eye when sweet sleep had come over him. The ones drew it who I myself would have chose, four men, and I myself was the fifth, and allowed with them." The second example of Odysseus' teamwork with his team is when they land on the island of Circe. He gives Circe herself an ultimatum, that Odysseus is only to stay with her if she free her men of their new swine state. Only then will he give her something in return.
His loyalty to his land and family is not something that should come as a surprise. Nothing other than his love for his home could have driven him through the hardship that he needed to face to complete his journey. An example of this is how he constantly grieved over his separation from his family every second that they were apart. "There, shedding tears, he (Odysseus) went unnoticed by all others, but Alcinous alone understood what he did and noticed, since he was sitting next to him and heard him groaning heavily." Another example of this is when he played all of the suitors trying to take over the land he loves and his wife. He would do anything for those whom he adores, showed by the blood shed over the suitors.
Lastly, Odysseus showed the perseverance that was able to get him through all of his misfortunes. Not only does he persevere himself, but he urges his crew to go on as well. "Dear friends, surely we are not unlearned in evils. This is no greater evil now than it was when the Cyclops had us cooped in his hollow cave by force and violence, but even there, by my courage and counsel and my intelligence, we escaped away. I think that all this will be remembered some day too. Then do as I say, let us all be won over." Also, he did not let himself stay discouraged for too long. When the seas got choppy as he was nearing his home, instead of giving up, he made the decision to just off of his raft and swim the waters himself. When he was thrown about in the waves, he clung tight to a rock and crawled to safety when most others would let the misfortunes drag them down.
Overall, we now know all of the amazing traits that made Odysseus the great leader that he is today. He is a great example of what other leaders should strive to be, and I am happy to have been by his side through it all.

Regards,
Athena

Friday, February 12, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Oh, dysseus. Seven long years he waited for his return to his kingdom, only to discover that in that time it was destroyed by lonely suitors. Luckily, because of his strength and companionship with his brother, they were able to kill them all. I only wish that they had the courtesy to rid of the bodies sooner instead of leaving them on the palace floor for so long. Not the best sight. But anyways, I am glad that Odysseus was finally able to take back what was rightfully his from greedy men looking for love. Not only that, but he was also able to reunite with his father and son. Seeing him with his father again warmed my heart and brought tears to their eyes. I could never image being away from my father, Zeus, for that long. I don't know how Odysseus could even begin to handle it. Knowing me, I probably would have sobbed like he did. But now they're together at long last. After pretending to be a beggar of so long, once the disguise was removed, he could finally be himself around his family. I'm glad I was able to be such a help in bringing the ruler back to his kingdom, but some people thought that I had other motives. I heard that people thought I had a crush on him! As if. Can't a goddess do one good thing without needing to be looking for a man? People these days. I find it down right offensive that someone would think that the goddess of wisdom would fall for a married man. I mean, Calypso did it, and Circes for that matter, but not me. I know better. Personally I think that it would be quite obvious of how inappropriate a relationship between the two of us would be anyways. A person in my position of power could never be with someone like Odysseus. He's not even full god.

Secondly, Odysseus seemed to just want to keep fighting. Once he defeated the suitors, he seemed to want to get even more revenge. My father's advice really helped me decide what to say: "Now that royal Odysseus has taken his revenge, let both sides seal their pacts that he shall reign for life, and let us purge their memories of the bloody slaughter of their brothers and their sons. Let them be friends, devoted as in the old days. Let peace and wealth come cresting through the land." He needed to realize that he is now going to be the one and only ruler of Ithaca. Once I saw Odysseus, I needed to tell him and his son to chill: "Hold back, men of Ithaca, from the wearisome fighting, so that most soon, and without blood, you can settle everything." I think that he has now learned to calm down and return to his home.

Overall, I'm glad that he's taken the throne again and reunited with the ones who love him most, despite all of the troubles and turmoils he had to go through to get there.

Enough about him. I wanted to share what I've been really into recently. Since I've had a bit more free time what with Odysseus now safe, I've been able to browse the web and come across some websites and videos that I really enjoy. Since I know that there are many of you out there who share common interests with me, I though that some of the links would be worthwhile to share on here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTPheG7M86M
http://www.athenahealth.com- my company, if you ever need medical help.

Thanks for reading ;)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Odysseus' Journey Home

Odysseus is finally able to return to the land he knows and loves after being trapped for seven years by a lonely Calypso. One would think that that's amazing, right? Well, not according to Poseidon. Once Odysseus was finally able to see our land, Poseidon intervened and made it near impossible for him to step foot on ground. He almost died! Poseidon created a giant sea storm as Odysseus neared the end of his journey, making him have to jump off of his raft and swim for dear life to reach the shore. Once he got there he saw nothing but jagged rocks and sharp edges, with no good spot for him to climb safely to land. Not only that, but the storm threw him up against a rock and if he hadn't held on like he did, he could be dead now. My heart breaks for Odysseus 1.57, seeing how he has been trapped for so long, help captive from those he loves and longs to return to. It's almost inhumane to be forced away from all you know to accompany a lonely nymph, crying your heart out each day that their family is not reunited.
Personally, I think that Poseidon needs to get over whatever negative feelings he has towards Odysseus. First of all, he is the only god again Odysseus' safe return home. He stands alone as he tries to keep him away. Also, he has put Odysseus in great danger. The storm that he caused could have killed Odysseus if he wasn't half the man he is today. Now he's at a separate palace, far away from all those who love, embrace, and miss him.
Overall, I just really hope that Odysseus can find a safe way to come home and in a short amount of time. He has been thrown around enough by the seas and anger stricken gods. Whether they're mortal or god, seven years is way too long for anyone to be away from the land they love.

Until next time,
Athena


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bring Odysseus Home 12 b.c.e.


Odysseus has been gone for so long that hope for his return has been lost by his family, especially Telemachus, his son, and Penelope, his wife. Telemachus has expressed strong feelings of grief and sorrow and has begun to believe that there is no way that his father could make it home. Penelope couldn't even bear to have a song played by one of the suitors without connecting it to emotions of her supposedly late husband and bursting into tears.
One of the reasons that I have not yet lost hope is because of a conversation I had earlier with Zeus. I had begun to believe that he didn't want Odysseus to come home, when really Poseidon had been the person that was negative towards his return! He was bitter over the fact that Odysseus had blinded the cyclops, bore by Thoosa, a woman who he had once made love to. This whole situation has made it difficult for Odysseus to make his journey back to Ithaca, but both Zeus and I believe that Poseidon's anger will soon subside. No matter what, it would be very hard for his attitude towards the situation to have much effect, seeing that he stands as one god alone against all the rest.
After I had spoken to Zeus, I headed over to speak with Telemachus about his father. The first thing I noticed was how his heart was so heavy with grief for his father. We dined and listened to a suitor's song which soon brought Penelope to tears. After we ate, Telemachus and I conversed over the whereabouts of his father. He almost refused to believe that Odysseus could still be alive, seeing as he had lost so much hope for his return. It was hard to see these people in so much grief over my dear friend, even though it had been so long since I have seen him. No matter what they think, I know that Odysseus will make his way home. Nothing can keep him from the land and the people that he loves, not even Poseidon or the angry mother of a cyclops.
Overall, I know that Odysseus will somehow make his way back home. I also know that Poseidon could never kill him, but he has deferred him so off course that he has made it very difficult for him to come back to those who love and miss him. No matter what, we know that there is nothing that could  definitely keep Odysseus away from Ithaca, a place whose rule belongs to him.