Argos, an everlasting love
Throughout history, the endless bond between humans and dogs has been depicted in various ways. In Greek mythology, specifically, the epic poem “Odyssey” – a masterpiece composed by Homer near the end of the 8th century BC – tells us about the relationship between Argos – the dog, and Odysseus – the owner.
In the following lines, you’ll be able to read more about a timeless companionship, based on loyalty, protection and unconditional love.
The faithful Argos belonged to Odysseus as a pup. Argos was famous for his speed, strength and superior tracking skills. One day, however, Odysseus, king of Ithaca, had to leave his homeland and his dear companion, to fight in the Troy War. He was gone for twenty years – ten years fighting the war and ten more years on his way back home. During this time, Odysseus fought sirens, cyclops, and angry gods who conspired to keep him and his men from home.
While Odysseus battled mystical creatures and faced the rage of the gods, his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus remained in Ithaca, trying to avoid that strangers would take Penelope’s hand and Ithaca’s throne. Most people in Ithaca assumed that Odysseus was dead. Argos himself was already twenty years old and was living in deplorable conditions, given the challenging times of war. Nevertheless, Argos never gave up hope that Odysseus would return home.
After twenty years, Odysseus braved the high seas, and his determination was finally rewarded. Odysseus returned to his home disguised as a beggar to see how things stood. No one recognized him — neither his son, nor his wife or any of his servants, but his loyal dog. Only old Argos knew his master and both connected immediately: Argos had just enough forces to drop his ears, wag his tail, give a final whimper and die after seeing he beloved owner.
This heartbreaking scene in the Odyssey underlines the connectiveness and devotion that many of us – lucky owners – experience every day. Argos became a symbolism of fidelity and dedication. May we all be able to correspond the loyalty that our furry friends dedicate to us and love them back !