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48-62). The Telemachy follows, and then the Homecoming, which as we have seen starts with Athene taking up the case of Odysseus. She helps him against Poseidon, who wrecks his raft and who proposes to take a final revenge on the Phaiakians for conveying him home. It looks like contrivance; at least, the result is to mitigate any tradition that the sufferings of Odysseus and the other Achaians were due to the wrath of Athene. The hallmark of the wanderings, from Troy to home, is imaginative combination.

541-564. 187-188; 199-202. 219. 114-119. The exclusion of Iliadic episodes from the Odyssey can scarcely be accidental. We are left, as I see it, to choose between two conclusions. Either the poet of the Odyssey was ignorant of the Iliad;25 or he deliberately avoided trespassing on the earlier poem. I cannot believe in the first alternative, and am forced to choose the second. What are the other important differences between the two poems? Every Homeric scholar has his own list, and I must be brief.

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