The Myth Reading Group meets on ‘Zoom’ on Tuesday 29 June, 5:30-6:30 pm (UK time). The link to join will be posted in the comments for this post. All are welcome.
For the final session in our series on Athena, we will focus on her portrayal in the Odyssey and the two brief Homeric Hymns dedicated to her. The Homeric Hymns to Athena give capsule descriptions of her birth and attributes. In the Odyssey, she appears again to assist a ‘hero’ on his quest. The chosen extract from Book 13 of the Odyssey finds Odysseus finally at home in Ithaca. He awakes, having been transported there by the Phaeacians, and meets Athene who is disguised as a shepherd. The man and goddess eventually converse freely, not as equals, but with mutual admiration.