Same wisdom

Many details in Nestor, and not just the prominence of horses and cattle in the chapter, invite a comparison between Mr. Deasy and the wise old counselor to whom Homer's Telemachus goes for advice in the Odyssey. But the analogy seems mostly ironic, and Stephen feels oppressed by "the same wisdom" as on his last two visits to the headmaster's office—unwanted advice, like a noose around his neck.

John Hunt 2017

Nestor, on a 5th c. BC Attic red-figure vase, held in the Cabinet des Médailles of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Source: