by Bartholomäus Spranger
Of all the things that breathe
and move along the ground, Earth does not raise
anything more insignificant than man.
He thinks he'll never suffer any harm
in days to come, as long as gods provide
prosperity and his knees stay supple.
But when blessed gods bring on misfortunes,
he bears those, too, though much against his will.
The father of gods and men brings men the days
which shape the spirit of earth's inhabitants.
Among men I was set to be successful, too,
but, yielding to my strength and power,
I did many reckless things. I trusted
my father and my family. So no man
should ever practise any lawlessness.
He should hold his gifts from gods in silence,
whatever they give.
- Book XVIII, lines 166 - 193 (Translation by Ian Johnston)
The Odyssey online resources
The Odyssey discussion:
Books I - IV
Books V - VIII
Books IX - XII
Books XIII - XVI
Books XVII - XX
Books XXI - XXIV
From Zeus to Seuss--Brian Boyd’s On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction
Thoughts on The Iliad and The Odyssey, memory
The Iliad summary
Update: Comments on Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of the Odyssey