Students, teachers, and families of Christ the King Catholic Classical School in Kansas City, Kansas reading stories aloud, beginning with the story of Odysseus and the tale of Troy, as told by Padraic Colum.
Odysseus takes up his bow and proves himself a worthier warrior than the wooers of his wife. He at last unmasks himself, takes revenge on his enemies in a brief but furious battle, and is reunited with his beloved wife Penelope and his father Laertes.
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Odysseus has the best of a fellow beggar in a fair fight, spurred on for the amusement of his wife's wooers. Face to face with Penelope, he assures her that hope is still alive for her in spite of her despair.
Odysseus reunites with his son, Telemachus, but remains in disguise while he returns to his house accompanied by Eumaeus the swineherd. There, he is met with touching recognition by Argos his hound, but shocking insult by Antinous, the most insolent of Penelope's suitors.
Odysseus, having concluded his tale, is given transport by the Phaiacians to the island of Ithaka. There, concealed by Athene under the appearance of a beggar, he stays in the company of one of his own servants, the swineheard Eumaeus, whose tale Odysseus asks to be told.
Odysseus continues the tale of his trials, recounting how they were within sight of Ithaka when jealousy and resentment creates even greater misfortunes. Their journey brings them onto the island of Circe, the Enchantress, and past the song of the Sirens and the terrible monsters of Scylla and Charybdis where all is nearly lost.
After being treated to games and a feast, Odysseus reveals his identity to the Phaiacians, and begins to recount his trials and sufferings with the story of their landing on the Island of the Cyclopes.
Patroklos, wearing the armor Achilles in battle, forgets his promises, and the greatest of the Greeks is stirred to revenge by a tragic turn in the battle before the walls of Troy.
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Agammemnon mortally insults Achilles, who refuses to fight any longer; despite the King's generous offer, and attempts by Odysseus and others to change his mind, Achilles resolves to quit the war in seething anger.