|Odysseus as a "sea-gull" that roams the waves|
This following excerpt from 'Alexandra' of Lycophron (4th century BC) is 'puzzling' and highly prophetic. It is one of the 'darker' and yet most famous poems of Greek antiquity. It locates Odysseus' palace, where all
Penelope's suitors had assembled wasting Odysseus' livelihood, not in Ithaca but in the region of Pronnoi in southeastern Kefalonia!
ὡς κόγχος ἅλμῃ πάντοθεν περιτριβείς,
κτῆσίν τε θοίναις Πρωνίων λαφυστίαν
πρὸς τῆς Λακαίνης αἰνοβακχεύτου κιχὼν
σῦφαρ θανεῖται, πόντιον φυγὼν σκέπας,
κόραξ σὺν ὅπλοις Νηρίτων δρυμῶν πέλας.
worn all about by the salt water even as a shell
and finding his possessions swallowed up in banqueting of the Pronians by the Laconian lady of fatal frenzy,
ancient as a crow he shall flee with his weapons the shelter of the sea and in wrinkled age die beside the woods of Neriton.
(Lycophron "Alexandra" 789-794)
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