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
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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.
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