The Odyssey

What special items, described in lines 137-156, have Odysseus brought with him?

We beached there, and I told the crew

135 to stand by and keep watch over the ship:

as for myself I took my twelve best fighters

and went ahead. I had a goatskin full

of that sweet liquor that Euanthes’ son,

Maron had given me. He kept Apollo’s

140 holy grove at Ismarus; for kindness

we showed him there, and showed his wife and child,

he gave me seven shining golden talents

perfectly formed, a solid silver winebowl,

and then this liquor—twelve two-handled jars

145 of brandy, pure and fiery. Not a slave

in Maron’s household knew this drink; only

he, his wife and the storeroom mistress knew;

and they would put one cupful—ruby-colored,

honey-smooth—in twenty more of water,

150 but still the sweet scent hovered like a fume

over the winebowl. No man turned away

when cups of this came around.

A wineskin full

I brought along, and victuals in a bag,

for in my bones I knew some towering brute

155 would be upon us soon—all outward power,

a wild man, ignorant of civility.

We climbed, then, briskly to the cave. But Cyclops

had gone afield, to pasture his fat sheep,

so we looked eound at everything inside:

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"I had a goatskin full of that sweet liquor."

" seven shining golden talents

perfectly formed, a solid silver winebowl,

and then this liquor—twelve two-handled jars

145 of brandy, pure and fiery."