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Summary Book XIII

Book 13
Odysseus is promised gifts, and all retire. On the thirty-fourth day of the poem, Odysseus is borne sleeping to Ithaca by the Phaeacians and left in slumber on the shore; their vessel, as it returns to Scherie, is turned to stone by Poseidon. When he awakes, Odysseus, is met by Athena is disguise, who reveals he is on Ithaca. When he cautiously invents a story to conceal his identity, Athena for the first time appears to Odysseus as a goddess and, explaining the situation at home, disguises Odysseus as a beggar before she visits Sparta to guide Telemachus back.