The Eighth Arrow: Odysseus in the Underworld, A Novel (Paperback)

The Eighth Arrow: Odysseus in the Underworld, A Novel By J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B. Cover Image

The Eighth Arrow: Odysseus in the Underworld, A Novel (Paperback)


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Condemned to burn in the eighth circle of Dante’s Hell,

Odysseus, legendary thief and liar of Homer’s Odyssey and

Iliad, decides he is going to break out. His adventure begins

with a prayer to Athena Parthenos, who appears to him bear-

ing gifts: his armor, his famous bow, a mysterious leather

pouch, and seven unusual arrows. She then sends him on

a quest through the Underworld along with Diomedes, his

friend from the Trojan War who had been sharing in his eter-

nal punishment. To complete their escape, the goddess warns

them, they must recover their squandered honor and learn to

use “the eighth arrow”.

At turns exciting, humorous, and edifying, this action-

packed epic follows Odysseus and Diomedes as they journey

through all the circles of Dante’s Hell, where they encoun-

ter various characters from Greek mythology, ancient his-

tory, and Renaissance literature, including Helen of Troy,

Cerberus, Penelope, Homer, Harpies, Centaurs, and eventu-

ally Satan himself. With witty banter and wily stratagems,

the two Greek warriors fight their way through the obstacles

that stand between them and redemption.

The Eighth Arrow is a thoroughly entertaining jailbreak story. Full of allusions to great works of old, it is also gently educa-

tional, and as such it can be read as a guide or a companion

to Dante’s Inferno and the works of Homer.

Fr. J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk, has two degrees in Theology from Oxford University, a bachelor's in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from Rice University, and a master's in English from Middlebury College. For twenty years, he has taught English, Classics, and Theology at the Priory School in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he also coaches rugby and serves as Director of Chaplaincy. He is the author of the popular book Humility Rules: Saint Benedict's Twelve-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem.

Product Details ISBN: 9781621642206
ISBN-10: 1621642208
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: September 25th, 2018
Pages: 330
Language: English