English 9 Name: ______________________________ Date: _______________________________ The Odyssey Book 11: The Land of the Dead Reading Notes (lines 584-658) 1. Vocabulary. A “heifer” (line 585) is a young (female) cow. 2. Vocabulary. “Assuage” (line 590) means to satisfy or comfort. 3. Vocabulary. “Brazen” (line 596) means made of bronze. (This period in Greek history is called the Bronze Age because bronze was their favorite metal for weapons and other tools. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.) 4. Who does Odysseus sacrifice the ewe and lamb to? _____________________________________ 5. What does the blind (and dead!) prophet Teiresias (the prince of Thebes) want (and maybe need) to do before he can “speak true” to Odysseus? ______________________________________________________________________________ 6. Mythology. Who is “the god who thunders on the land” (l. 621)? __________________________ 7. Mythology. Who owns the cattle on Thrinakia? ______________________ What is he the god of? _________________ 8. Who do you think these “suitors” (line 640) are whom Teiresias prophesies that Odysseus will have to kill? __________________________________________________________________ 9. In your own words: Where will Odysseus need to go to make a final sacrifice if he wants to live to a rich old age? _____________________________________________________________________________ 10. How many meters do you think are in a hectometer? ____________________ Odysseus’s Character Thinking about why Odysseus journeys to the Underworld and about the risks that come with that journey, what does this episode reveal about Odysseus’s character?