Odysseus's story is finally over, and King Alcinous feels pity toward him, which is why he loads Odysseus with plenty of gifts. Next, King Alcinous sends him off on one of his boats, accompanied by a crew, who is to escort him back home to Ithaca. When he arrives home, the crew sets him and his treasures ashore. As the crew returns back home. Poseidon gets angry with the Phaecians for helping Odysseus across. He punishes them by crashing their ship into the rocks, just off their own shore and surrounding their island with a huge mountain. King Alcinous remembers a prophecy years ago, telling of what just happened. They offer many sacrifices to their god Poseidon. Athena meets back up with Odysseus, first as a young boy, who tells him where he is. Later, she changes back into a goddess. He is first frightful, but later they devise a plan, first to hide his treasure, then to meet the swineherd. As he was about to go to the swineherd, the goddess Athena transformed him into a beggar for disguise.
1. What were the events leading up to Telemachus' return?
2. How did Athena help Telemachus?
3. Do you think the Phaecians knew that Poseidon didn't like Odysseus?
4. If they didn't, do you think that they would still help out Telemachus?
5. Do you think their punishment was just?
Odysseus, the beggar,with Athena