BOOK XIV – ODYSSEUS AND EUMAEUS
The farmer welcomes the beggar kindly and provides him with food.
Eumaeus recounts the recent history of Ithaca and how his mistress,
Penelope, is besieged by suitors who are slowly consuming the wealth of the estate.
He stays loyal to his master’s memory, but many believe Odysseus to be dead.
The beggar describes himself as a veteran of the Trojan campaign and that he
knew Odysseus personally during the war.