Antagonistic Antinoos

Antinoos looked carefully around the room. Why was he being asked to compete on strength to win kingship of Ithaka? What sort of ruler would some muscle-bound moron make? A country needs someone with quick wit and knowledge in acquiring wealth as its ruler, thought Antinoos.

He ordered Eumaios to bring him the bow. He studied it for a moment, then threw it to the ground. "What are we doing, sweating over a bow," he said, "Today is a holy day. We shouldn't be wasting our time on such pursuits this day, but rather we should go to the temple of Apollo, the deity of archers, and make offerings. Tomorrow is a better day to try our hand at these trivial diversions."

Many of the suitors agreed. Many of the suitors had grown soft as longterm unwanted guests of that household.

Copyright © 1998 Katherine Phelps