Elpenor

Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 20 Sep 2011 13:30 and updated at 20 Sep 2011 13:30

ODYSSEY NOUN

ody.10 "Even so, however, I did not get them away without misadventure. We had with us a certain youth named Elpenor, not very remarkable for sense or courage, who had got drunk and was lying on the house top away from the rest of the men, to sleep off his liquor in the cool. When he heard the noise of the men bustling about, he jumped up on a sudden and forgot all about coming down by the main staircase, so he tumbled right off the roof and broke his neck, and his soul went down to the house of Hades.
ody.11 "The first ghost that came was that of my comrade Elpenor, for he had not yet been laid beneath the earth. We had left his body unwaked and unburied in Circe s house, for we had had too much else to do. I was very sorry for him, and cried when I saw him: Elpenor, said I, how did you come down here into this gloom and darkness? You have here on foot quicker than I have with my ship.
ody.12 "Then, when the child of morning, rosy fingered Dawn, appeared, I sent some men to Circe s house to fetch the body of Elpenor. We cut firewood from a wood where the headland jutted out into the sea, and after we had wept over him and lamented him we performed his funeral rites. When his body and armour had been burned to ashes, we raised a cairn, set a stone over it, and at the top of the cairn we fixed the oar that he had been used to row with.

Arise Greece! from thy silent sleep, 2000 years long it is! Forget not, thy ancient culture, beautiful and marvelous it is!

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