The epithet "that man skilled in all ways contending" first appears in Book 1 and subsequently in Book 21 as Odysseus strings his bow in frint of the suitors. How does the epithet have greater impact and meaning in Book 21 in the epic?
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Answered by jill d #170087
In Book 21, Odysseus needs his wits as much as his skill. It isn't simply about physical skill, the task of stringing the bow is as much a mental task as physical. Odysseus cannot yet reveal his identity.