Analects of the Core: Homer on the father figure

Friend, let me put it in the plainest way.

My mother says I am his son; I know not

surely.  Who has known his own engendering?

I wish at least I had some happy man

as father, growing old in his house–

but unknown death and silence are the fate

of him that, since you ask, they call my father.

– Homer, The Odyssey (Book I, Lines 258-264), translator Robert Fitzgerald

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