I love the Greek gods

In the Odyssey, Ulysses is taken captive by the goddess Calypso who desires to make him immortal. This is after they have sacked the city of Priam and annoyed Neptune who wrecked their ship and killed apart of his men, the rest having been killed by the sun god after they slaughtered his livestock and others still swallowed by the sea at Sirens. He rescinds the offer and begs for his freedom to go back to his wife Penelope, daughter of Icarius, and his son Telemachus.

Minerva, the goddess, appeals on his behalf to the gods for his freedom. Mercury is sent to Calypso with the message that she is to free him and while at it to give him a raft, no ship and sailors so he can be on his way home.

Neptune has scores to settle with Ulysses who had made his son blind, a son who ate a number of his [Ulysses’] comrades when they landed in his cave.

When Ulysses finally gets home, together with his son, the swineherd and one other manservant, they plot a revenge mission to kill a bunch of losers… suitors, who in the period of his absence have been killing his livestock and drinking his wine in an attempt to seduce his wife. The gods, through Minerva, help him in sending all the suitors, the servants who helped them and even the women they slept with to Hades.

The story ends with Minerva brokering a peace agreement between the men of Ithaca some of whose sons were killed in Ulysses’s house and Ulysses.

If only the Judeo- Christian- Muslim god was this interactive, things would be different, don’t you agree.

I loved the book.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

21 thoughts on “I love the Greek gods

  1. john zande says:

    It is indeed storytelling at its very best.


  2. vastlycurious.com says:

    I just LOVED your summation : )


  3. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Great summation! The ancient deities were very full of mischief and fun! They all knew how to enjoy themselves, often at the expense of others and mortals! I trust you are good, my Nairobi brother!


    • makagutu says:

      Mortals bore the brunt of their mischief and had to go great lengths to appease them, no wonder some people say to hell with the gods!
      Am doing well my friend and brother and hope you too are


      • aguywithoutboxers says:

        Perhaps this is where mortals learned to make fun and mayhem by emulating these mythical deities! Have a safe day, my friend!


  4. Eric Alagan says:

    The ancients knew how to have fun – compared with the current lot.

    Great summary my friend.



  5. fojap says:

    One of my favorites, too. I bet it will be popular for centuries to come.


  6. shelldigger says:

    When i was a kid I gobbled up the Greek mythology like it was pumpkin pie. That was good story telling. Sort of an action adventure film of the day. If modern religions were half as interesting, and didn’t require you to turn off the part of your brain that thinks, it might be a better seller.


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