XXVI

Translated from EVROPA SOBERANA

 
Odysseus-Sirens

Odysseus, king of Ithaca, Achaean hero at Troy and protagonist of Homer’s Odyssey, is generally considered as swarthy. However, this can be tempered. Although he is described as white skinned and “dark bearded” in The Odyssey, his hair is hyakinthos, i.e., color of hyacinths. Traditionally this color was translated as “brown” but it was also said that the hyacinths grown in Greece were of a red variety. If true, that would make Odysseus red-haired.

Odysseus in any case differs from the Greek hero prototype: tall, slender and blond. It was described as lower than Agamemnon but with broader shoulders and chest “like a ram” according to Priam, king of Troy. This would be a more physical type of a Red Nordid [for an explanation of this term search: here] than a typical white Nordid Greek hero. It should also be mentioned that Homer so used to call “blonds” the heroes that, in two lapses, he described Odysseus’ hair as xanthos in The Odyssey.

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