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Summary Book XXII

Book 22
Odysseus throws off his rags and sends an arrow through Antinous' throat. Amazed, Eurymachus tries vainly to appease Odysseus by shifting the blame for the suitors' misbehavior to Antinous. An arrow fells him. Telemachus kills Amphinomus and hastens to procure armor. Melanthius finds armor for the suitors but he is bound fast by Eumaeus and Philoetius, who then stand with Odysseus and his son. With Athena's help, the four rout the numerous suitors in a pitched battle. Only the bard, Phemius, and the page, Medon, are spared. Eurycleia names the disloyal housemaids whom Telemachus then hangs. Melanthius is killed. Odysseus has the hall fumigated and purified with sulphur.