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[32] And Ulysses, being apprized of the state of things at home, came to his servant Eumaeus in the guise of a beggar,1 and made himself known to Telemachus,2 and arrived in the city. And Melanthius, the goatherd, a servant man, met them, and scorned them.3 On coming to the palace Ulysses begged food of the suitors,4 and finding a beggar called Irus he wrestled with him.5 But he revealed himself to Eumaeus and Philoetius, and along with them and Telemachus he laid a plot for the suitors.6


1 As to the meeting of Ulysses and Eumaeus, see Hom. Od. 14.1-492; Hyginus, Fab. 126.

2 As to the meeting and recognition of Ulysses and Telemachus, see Hom. Od. 16.1-234.

3 See Hom. Od. 17.184-253.

4 See Hom. Od. 17.360-457.

5 See Hom. Od. 18.1-107; Hyginus, Fab. 126. In Homer it is in a boxing-match, not in a wrestling-bout, that Ulysses vanquishes the braggart beggar Irus. Hyginus, like Apollodorus, substitutes wrestling for boxing.

6 See Hom. Od. 21.188-244.

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