Daily Draw: Ancient Feminine Wisdom Deck ~ Penelope
Condensed story: Penelope and Odysseus were married because Odysseus meddled in the outcome by making extravagant oaths to the king. Trojan war began requiring Odysseus to fulfil his oath. Ten years of war and ten years making his way home. Leaving Penelope twenty years of singlehood raising their son.
Fake news indicating he had fallen in battle; she flung herself in the sea but was pulled out by ducks. I've read four different myth sources and none contain the sea episode. I'm reminded by this story I'm reading Bulfinch's Mythology, written by Thomas Bulfinch in the mid-1800s. It clocks in on my Kindle app at 658 pages. He had to have been incredibly faithful to his subject to narrow it down to that many pages.
"For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness." ~ Thomas Bullfinch 1769-1867
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