As Odysseus sleeps, Athena flies to a Phaeacian city where the princess Nausicaa, daughter of … ", She did not say a word about her own wedding, for she did not like to, but her father knew and said, "You shall have the mules, my love, and whatever else you have a mind for. For nothing is greater or better than this, when man and wife dwell in a home in one accord, a great grief to their foes and a joy to their friends; but they know it best themselves.”,  Then white-armed Nausicaa answered him: “Stranger, since thou seemest to be neither an evil man nor a witless, and it is Zeus himself, the Olympian, that gives happy fortune to men, both to the good and the evil, to each man as he will; so to thee, I ween, he has given this lot, and thou must in any case endure it. You will find a fine grove, near the road, sacred to Athene, a cluster of poplar trees. On this they all shouted, and the noise they made woke Ulysses, who sat up in his bed of leaves and began to wonder what it might all be. So listen, now, to my words, stranger, so you can win my father’s help to return to your land. Neither he nor any one else can come here to do us Phaeacians any harm, for we are dear to the gods, and live apart on a land's end that juts into the sounding sea, and have nothing to do with any other people. VI:48-109 Nausicaa and her maids wash the clothes, VI:251-315 Nausicaa gives Odysseus direction, Bk VI:48-109 Nausicaa and her maids wash the clothes, Bk VI:110-148 Odysseus emerges from hiding, Bk VI:149-197 Odysseus and Nausicaa speak, Bk VI:251-315 Nausicaa gives Odysseus direction. I want to take all our dirty clothes to the river and wash them. As they struggle to control their own ship—and their sanity—against the tide of battle, how can they hope to grasp victory when the Odysseus itself appears to be coming to life? When they had done dinner they threw off the veils that covered their heads and began to play at ball, while Nausicaa sang for them. © Copyright 2000-2020 A. S. Kline, All Rights Reserved. On this they all shouted, and the noise they made woke Ulysses, who sat up in his bed of leaves and began to wonder what it might all be. Now when she was about to yoke the mules, and fold the fine clothes, and start for home, the goddess, bright-eyed Athene, had a different idea, that Odysseus should wake, and see the lovely girl, who would lead him to the Phaeacian city. The winds and waves have taken me all the way from the Ogygian island, and now fate has flung me upon this coast that I may endure still further suffering; for I do not think that I have yet come to the end of it, but rather that heaven has still much evil in store for me. I can only compare you to a young palm tree which I saw when I was at Delos growing near the altar of Apollo—for I was there, too, with much people after me, when I was on that journey which has been the source of all my troubles. How their hearts must glow with pleasure when they watch so sweet a flower join the dancers. Let’s go and wash the garments at daybreak: I will go with you to help, so you can have it done without delay, for you won’t be long unwed. ", Then she called her maids and said, "Stay where you are, you girls. She complains that they are allowed to take mortal lovers while the affairs of the female gods must always be frustrate… And for thyself, may the gods grant thee all that thy heart desires; a husband and a home may they grant thee, and oneness of heart—a goodly gift. But, now you are come to our land and city, you shall not go short of clothes or anything else a hard-pressed suppliant deserves from those he meets. "Hear me," he cried, "daughter of Aegis-bearing Jove, unweariable, hear me now, for you gave no heed to my prayers when Neptune was wrecking me. Are they cruel, savage, and uncivilised, or hospitable and humane? They pulled without flagging, and carried not only Nausicaa and her wash of clothes, but the maids also who were with her. Be off with you, and the men shall get you a good strong waggon with a body to it that will hold all your clothes." Here are your clothes all lying in disorder, yet you are going to be married almost immediately, and should not only be well dressed yourself, but should find good clothes for those who attend you. It would be a good thing if she would take herself off and find a husband somewhere else, for she will not look at one of the many excellent young Phaeacians who are in love with her.' She said this, being too shy to speak to her father about the possibility of marriage, but he understood it all and answered: ‘My child I don’t grudge you mules or anything else. When he had thoroughly washed himself, and had got the brine out of his hair, he anointed himself with oil, and put on the clothes which the girl had given him; Minerva then made him look taller and stronger than before, she also made the hair grow thick on the top of his head, and flow down in curls like hyacinth blossoms; she glorified him about the head and shoulders as a skilful workman who has studied art of all kinds under Vulcan and Minerva enriches a piece Ho hum. She stopped him and said: "Papa dear, could you manage to let me have a good big waggon? I seem to hear the voices of young women, and they sound like those of the nymphs that haunt mountain tops, or springs of rivers and meadows of green grass. ", To this Nausicaa answered, "Stranger, you appear to be a sensible, well-disposed person. To his house, then, did Minerva hie in furtherance of the return of Ulysses. In the princess's response, we see two customs in conflict: on the one hand, one should assume that an unlucky person is hated by the gods and therefore does not deserve help; on the other hand, one should help strangers and beggars. But now, since thou hast come to our city and land, thou shalt not lack clothing or aught else of those things which befit a sore-tried suppliant when he cometh in the way. Lots of talking and cultural detail, especially about women. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. And as when a man overlays silver with gold, a cunning workman whom Hephaestus and Pallas Athena have taught all manner of craft, and full of grace is the work he produces, even so the goddess shed grace upon his head and shoulders. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? She does what she thinks is right but she uses cunning to avoid conflict. And even as Artemis, the archer, roves over the mountains, along the ridges of lofty Taygetus or Erymanthus, joying in the pursuit of boars and swift deer, and with her sport the wood-nymphs, the daughters of Zeus who bears the aegis, and Leto is glad at heart—high above them all Artemis holds her head and brows, and easily may she be known, though all are fair—so amid her handmaidens shone the maid unwed.  Likening herself to her, the flashing-eyed Athena spoke and said: “Nausicaa, how comes it that thy mother bore thee so heedless? Neither he nor any one else can come here to do us Phaeacians any harm, for we are dear to the gods, and live apart on a land's end that juts into the sounding sea, and have nothing to do with any other people. And you yourself should ride rather than travelling on foot, since the washing-pools are far from the city.’. Her mother prepared her a basket of provisions with all sorts of good things, and a goat skin full of wine; the girl now got into the waggon, and her mother gave her also a golden cruse of oil, that she and her women might anoint themselves. She folded the raiment and put it in the fair wagon, and yoked the stout-hoofed mules, and mounted the car herself. And for thyself, too, it is far more seemly to go thus than on foot, for the washing tanks are far from the city.”. Or maybe a god has come down from the sky to answer her endless prayers, to make her his forever!  "Of a truth in Delos once I saw such a thing, a young shoot of a palm springing up beside the altar of Apollo—for thither, too, I went, and much people followed with me, on that journey on which evil woes were to be my portion;—even so, when I saw that, I marvelled long at heart, for never yet did such a tree spring up from the earth.