Penelope and Calypso

Making good progress in deciphering the Odyssey Stone (or the Oddity as my son calls it).

Although Odysseus is the main character of this work, his life and labors only serve to advance the cause of his son Telemachus. The suitors deserve to die, we are informed, because they had threatened to kill Telemachus when he was too young to defend himself. We can then discern that Telemachus was the more important figure as far as the author and posterity was concerned.

The order of the killings (of the suitors) is significant. Odysseus first dispatches Antinous and Eurymachus. Next, Telemachus son of Odysseus puts to death the worthy but foolish Amphinomus.

Historically speaking Antinous (defines by Valla as, "a mind equal to the circumstances") corresponds to Akenesh, a Greek epithet of Ramses-Psusennes-Cyrus/Koresh. The Bible attributes the death of Psusennes ("Josiah") to Necho, a Greek epithet of Tarharqa. However, the Odyssey is further implicating Tanuatamon/Odysseus.

The death of Ramses III was followed almost immediately by that of Menkheperre-Nimlot-Sennacherib, called Eurymachus, "broad battler" in the Odyssey. The Bible records that Sennacherib was assassinated by "Adrammelech" (Urdamane/Tanuatamon).

The next king to go down, Amphinomus, associates well with Panehesy/Phinehas-Taharqa-Asyges, who was captured by his own grandson Nes-Ptah II-Cyrus II. Taharqa and Tanuatmon had apparently been close allies in their earlier careers, but in the end Tanuatamon turned on Taharqa and brought him to his ruin. Taharqa was forced to concede the succession of Nubia, Libya, and other regions under his control to Tanuatamon.

Astoundingly, what the Odyssey preserves is that Cyrus (Telemachus, "far/decisive battler") was the son of Shepenwepet II (Penelope). His true father we know to have been Mentuemhet-Ahasuerus. However, according to the Odyssey he was considered the "eldest son" of Amenhotep-Tanuatamon. What's more, this legal father Odyseus actually did more to establish him on the "Great Throne" than his biological father Mentor.

We can also now positively identify Calypso, "hidden or hider" (as defined by Graves). She is the God's Wife of Amun named Amenirdis II (Amen = "hidden"), also known as Nitocris II, Isis/Maetkare, and the Syrian Habazillatu/Zakutu (Biblical Zebidah/Zebudah). See Chart 26. In the Odyssey, Odysseus is captivated by Calypso, and tears himself away only after many years as a prisoner to her love.

Amenirdis II also took on the role of mythic Scylla ("she who tears"), who scandalously fell in love with King Minos. The historical Amenirdis/Nitocris was best known for her couplings with Menkheperre/Smendes/Sennacherib and with Ramses III-Psusennes/Cyrus. After giving herself to Minos, mythical Scylla was drowned and her soul was turned into the fish Ciris. Ciris makes a play on the name Nito-Cris. Compare also the first Queen Nitocris of the Egyptian Old Kingdom, who according to legend drowned herself along with her rivals by flooding a banquet hall. Cris/Ciris is also a transposition of the name Circe, a relatively obscure epithet of Isis as a spurned and wailing witch-goddess.

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