(The story begins in medias res: Odysseus has been journeying for years, and has landed at Phaeacia, where he tells his story of his journeys to its king: ) Odysseus, the great teller of tales, launched out on his story:
“Alcinous, majesty, shining among your island people,
what a fine thing it is to listen to such a bard
as we have here—the man sings like a god.
The crown of life, I’d say. There’s nothing better
than when deep joy holds sway throughout the realm