The Odyssey

Odysseus 4

book 16- how does ody's look when he reveals himself to his son?

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Athena appears to Odysseus as a tall woman and instructs him to disclose his true identity to his son. She makes him youthful and attractive again. Telemachus sees his new appearance and believes him to be a god, but Odysseus reveals he is his father and explains that Athena changed his form. Telemachus hugs him and both men cry. Odysseus recounts how the Phaeacians gave him safe passage to Ithaca, and says they need to plan to kill the suitors. Telemachus does not think they can defeat the suitors, who number over one hundred, even with the help of Athena and Zeus.