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Useful weblinks: Return From Troy, Episode 9

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Map of Odysseus’ journey, including his final return to Ithaca. 

Odysseus and Eumaeus

This vase dating from 470-460 BC is thought to depict Odysseus and his swineherd Eumaeus.

Odysseus, Eumaeus and Telemachus

In this drawing by Bonaventura Genelli (1798-1868), Odysseus is pictured in Eumaeus’ hut when Telemachus returns home. 


More details about the faithful swineherd. And another picture by Bonaventura Genelli showing Odysseus and Eumaeus.

Telemachus visits Menelaus and Helen,-Angelica/Telemachus-At-The-Court-Of-Sparta

This painting shows Telemachus in the court of Sparta where he goes to search for news of his father. Another similar image of the same scene: 

Telemachus leaves Nestor

Telemachus also visited Nestor, a wise old Greek warrior on his journey in search of news of Odysseus. In this painting by Henry Howard (1769-1847) Telemachus is seen leaving Nestor to set off to Menelaus’ home.


An audio/visual guide to Telemachus in the Odyssey. Includes extracts from the Odyssey and Greek sculpture.

Penelope weaving

This vase painting shows Penelope’s weaving. The other figure with her is thought to be Telemachus. This line drawing of the image shows the detail more clearly: and this image is the same again, but asks some interesting questions: (Note, Eurykleia (or spelt Eurycleia) washing Odysseus’ feet mentioned here, happens in Episode 11.)

Penelope weaving 2

‘Penelope Weaving’. Fresco by Giovanni Stradano (Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy).

Penelope weaving 3

‘Penelope weaving a shroud’. An etching by Max Klinger in 1895. Now at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Fransisco. Notice the more modern approach to the subject of her weaving (here depicting exotic animals) compared to the Classical style images of the vase painting.  

Penelope weaving 4

‘Penelope Unraveling her Work at Night’. A silk embroidered tapestry made in 1886 by Dora Wheeler. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Penelope has said she will marry one of the suitors when she has finished her weaving, but she has been unravelling it by night, to delay that choice. On one hand, she is seen engaging in a typical female activity, but on the other she shows cunning, usually a male attribute and one seen many times in her husband, Odysseus.

Penelope and her suitors

‘Penelope and the Suitors’. Painted in 1912 by John William Waterhouse. Now in the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Scotland.