The Odyssey (Book 6)

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(3.4 stars; 6 reviews)

Nausicaa, daughter of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians, is asleep when Athena comes to her to suggest that she go down to the river the next morning, with her attendants. So the next morning Nausicaa persuades her parents to lend her a wagon to take clothes down to the river for washing.

The party goes down to the washing pool. Nausicaa is about to fold and put away the clothing when the ship-wrecked Odysseus, who is asleep nearby, wakes up. He wonders where he is.

Grabbing an olive branch to hide his modesty, he walks out, caked in salt from the sea and looking terrible. The attendants run away at sight of him, but Nausicaa stands her ground. Odysseus thinks that she might be a goddess, perhaps Artemis. He then tells her that he has been at sea for 20 days, harassed by the god Poseidon, and only came on shore the previous day. He asks Nausicaa for some clothes and if she can tell him how he can get to town.

Nausicaa says fate is in Zeus’ hands, but that since Odysseus has reached her country, and she is the daughter of the king, she won't let him go without clothes. She tells her attendants not to be afraid, and to wash the stranger in the river. They give him clothes and an oil flask. He asks them to go away so he can bathe.

Odysseus,washed and dressed, looks like a god. Nausicaa says she would like someone like him to be her husband. She tells her attendants to give him food and drink.

Then Nausicaa packs up the wagon and tells Odysseus to follow behind, but that, to prevent scandal,he must stop at a grove that is sacred to Athena. He is to wait there until she gets back to the palace. Only then should he come out. He should then enter the city, find the palace, and look for Nausicaa's mother because, if Nausicaa's mother takes to him, all will be well and he will be helped to go on his way home.

They set off, and reach the sacred grove that evening.

(Summary by hefyd) (0 hr 33 min)


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you killed it

(1 stars)

A for effort however the reading is not recognizable by native greek speakers who know ancient Greek. I believe it would greatly benefit if a person fluent in reading ancient Greek text with the correct accent and punctuation would record the reading.

To Ζoe, the reader of the first 55 lines

(5 stars)

Thank you for your clear and corrected pronunciation of Ancient Greek using the restored pronunciation. It sounds wonderful and I can actually understand you. I love when you scold Nausicaa for being lazy. It is nice to have a feminine voice to the words. Please continue to read more lines in Ancient Greek. CiceroAntonius Ancient Greek Speaker and Student on you tube. Thank you. Gratius tibi ago. Χαίρε.

Erasmian pronunciation

(4 stars)

It's not bad pronunciation, it's Erasmian pronunciation - and I think the reader does it quite well. If you study Classical Greek at a western university you will most likely learn this pronunciation. I don't understand modern Greek pronunciation that well but I understand this. So, thank you.

(0.5 stars)

non si può sentire letto con accento inglese