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Michael Silk, in justice and revenge in the Odyssey.

Modern scholars are not as quick to judge characters as readers were in the past : “Odysseus is a returned husband, long missing and plausibility presumed dead; Leodes, among many others desired his wife. Few of Homers modern readers would condone Odysseus’ revenge killing, in such a context, let alone acclaim it.

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Julia Stanton, on revenge and justice.

The suitors’ deaths are sanctioned by Zeus and Athena even helps Odysseus to kill them, showing that it is not just a personal Vendetta that Odysseus has against the suitors. Odysseus does not even view himself as the cause of their deaths, rather it is their own actions and the doom of the gods that caused it.