Weekly most moving moment: Learning from the ancient Greeks

Weekly most moving moment: Learning from the ancient Greeks

In Homer’s Odyssey there is a scene where the author tries to capture what “father and son” kama muta could look like:

In this scene Odysseus’s son Telemachos has long been away searching for Odysseus:

“[…] his beloved son stood in the forecourt. Amazed the swineherd started up, and the vessels, where he had been busily mixing the bright wine, fell from his hand. He came up to meet his master, and kissed is head, and kissed too his beautiful shining eyes, and both his hands, and the swelling tears fell from him. And as a father, with heart full of love, welcomes his only and grown son, for whose sake has undergone many hardships when he comes back in the tenth year from a distant country, so now the noble swineherd, clinging fast to godlike Telemachos, kissed him even as if he had escaped dying, […]” – Homer [1]

[…] It takes a moment, but when Telemachos realizes that this is truly his father, he hugs him, sheds tears, and the two of them utter a pulsating cry. [2]


[1]: Translation from: The Odyssey (Homer; translated by Emily Wilson, 2017)
[2]: Interpretation from: Kama Muta: Discovering the Connecting Emotion (Book, 2019)