What does this homeric simile mean?

JustSomeGeek 08/26/2018. 4 answers
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"As when a man buries a burning log under dark ashes, in a farm far in the country, where there are no neighbors, keeping alive the spark of fire so he need not kindle it from elsewhere, so Odysseus covered himself in leaves"

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Tina 08/23/2018.

It means that Odysseus covered himself in dead leaves so he wouldn't freeze to death over night - the leaves keep the spark of life going in his body in the same way that ashes piled over a burning log keep the fire going.

It's quite simple.


cathugger 08/23/2018.

You did not include enough content. If you include more content, it is obvious that it is COLD out.

"Odysseus crept under these and began to make himself a bed to lie on, for there was a great litter of dead leaves lying about - enough to make a covering for two or three men even in hard winter weather. He was glad enough to see this, so he laid himself down and heaped the leaves all round him. Then, as one who lives alone in the country, far from any neighbor, hides a brand as fire-seed in the ashes to save himself from having to get a light elsewhere, even so did Odysseus cover himself up with leaves; and Athena shed a sweet sleep upon his eyes, closed his eyelids, and made him lose all memories of his sorrows ."

He covered himself in leaves to stay warm and alive.


Gray Bold 08/23/2018.

It refers to someone who knows how to rely on himself. "In the end he deemed it best to take to the woods, and he found one upon some high ground not far from the water. There he crept beneath two shoots of olive that grew from a single stock- the one an ungrafted sucker, while the other had been grafted. No wind, however squally, could break through the cover they afforded, nor could the sun's rays pierce them, nor the rain get through them, so closely did they grow into one another. Ulysses crept under these and began to make himself a bed to lie on, for there was a great litter of dead leaves lying about- enough to make a covering for two or three men even in hard winter weather. He was glad enough to see this, so he laid himself down and heaped the leaves all round him. Then, as one who lives alone in the country, far from any neighbor, hides a brand as fire-seed in the ashes to save himself from having to get a light elsewhere, even so did Ulysses cover himself up with leaves; and Minerva shed a sweet sleep upon his eyes, closed his eyelids, and made him lose all memories of his sorrows."


The Football God 08/23/2018.

I was expecting something closer to Homer Simpson.


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