The dark side of Odysseus, the luminous hero. Capable of such delicacy, sincerity, loyalty, he is also often merciless and brutal.

‘They don’t like him much, nor he them.¬† Even here, as he is accepting their hospitality, Homer gives him the traditional epithet he shares with Achilles and Ares the god of war: ptoliporthos Odysseus – city-ravaging Odysseus.’

Source: Adam Nicolson, The Mighty Dead (London: William Collins, 2015), p. 218

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