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Summary Book XVI

Book 16
Telemachus meets Odysseus at Eumaeus' hut and sends the swineherd to tell Penelope of his return. Athena removes Odysseus' disguise, and he announces his identity to his son. His plan is that Telemachus shall remove all weapons from the palace hall except two sets of gear which Odysseus, returning in his beggar's guise, and Telemachus may use against the suitors. Antinous returns in a rage from the unsuccessful ambush with a plan to murder Telemachus, but Amphinomus, a milder suitors, dissuades the other suitor. Penelope upbraids the suitors. Eumaeus returns to his home, and Telemachus and Odysseus, again in disguise, sleep.