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Greek Eurycleia , the Tamil Arivu kalaiyal.


                       Greek mythology,   Eurycleia   ,   Eurýkleia , or   Euryclea   (also known as   Antiphata   in other traditions), is the daughter of Ops and granddaughter of Peisenor, as well as the wet-nurse of Odysseus. As a girl she was bought by Laertes, Odysseus' father. He treated her as his wife, but she was never his consummated lover so as not to dishonor his real wife, Anticleia. She nursed Odysseus and Telemachus, Odysseus' son.(Mythology).


                Anthiphata is the corrupted form of the Tamil name Anthi Paethai, the moon goddess or the evening beauty who makes others to get hypnotized or the seductive beauty of the evening. She was the daughter of Abi and granddaughter of Paeyee Saenan. Anticleia is the corrupted form of the Tamil name Anthi Kalaiyal , again, the moon goddess. Telemachus is the Tamil Thalai  Magan .


                            Eurycleia's name means "broad fame," while Anticleia means "anti-fame." The tension between the meanings of Eurycleia's name and Anticleia's name reflects the tension between the two pillars of Odysseus' life. He was born to Anticleia, a noble woman, but was nursed (and essentially raised) by Eurycleia, a lower-class maid. Odysseus' fame comes from his role as a noble hero paralleled to his role as an anonymous beggar. His heroism is essential for capturing Troy; his skills as an orator and schemer as well as his strength and skills on the battlefield are instrumental in the success of the Greeks. However, he takes on the role of a beggar not once, but twice. He first appears as a beggar to sneak into Troy and kill unsuspecting Trojan soldiers, and again when he returns home to Ithaca and plans to kill all of Penelope's suitors. In many ways, his role as a beggar, especially when he returns to Ithaca is far more meaningful. His re-entry into his own home after twenty years is arguably the most important moment of his life, perhaps suggesting that his role as a beggar - and his connection with Eurycleia - is what is most important to him.(Mythology).

                                     Eurycleia is the only person to recognize him without him first revealing himself (as he did to Telemachus) after he returns home from the Trojan War. After he enters his own house as a   guest of Penelope disguised as a beggar, Eurycleia bathes him and recognizes him by a scar just above his knee, which he got from a boar while hunting with his grandfather Autolycus.(Mythology)

          The   interpretations like ‘broad fame' and ‘anti fame ‘ for the names Eurycleia and   Anticleia are totally   misleading. Although Eurycleia was a wet nurse she was a clever woman as her true Tamil name was Ari Kalaiyal or Arivu kalaiyal . Ari or Arivu in Tamil means the wise one ‘who knows the knowledge about everything ‘. Not only she was knowledgeable   and wise she was such a beautiful lady who could hypnotize or seduce any one. It was no wonder that king Laertes lost his wisdom before her.  In other words Eurycleia could make men to lose their sense by her wisdom and beauty.  Losing one's sense before the beauty of a woman is called as ‘Paethamai' in Tamil. Because of that Eurycleia was called as Antiphata  , as  that  of the  evening moon  seduces every one.  ‘Anti' in Tamil means evening.  Since she was very clever she could identify easily Odysseus before others noticed him.  Odesseus should have had identified more with EuryCleia than with Anti Cleia , his mother. Although AntiCleia was Odysseus's mother, Laretes believed EuryCleia only to bring him up. Autolycus   is the corrupted form of the Tamil name Aa Thee Alagan .

         Odysseus stops her from telling Penelope or anyone else (except Telemachus, who already knows) in the house of his true identity: Gripping her by the throat he says, "Nanny, d'ye want to destroy me?...not another soul must know. Or...I will not spare even you my nurse, when I kill the other women in this house."

                                 Eurycleia also informs Odysseus which of his servant girls had been unfaithful to Penelope during his absence, conspiring with Penelope's suitors and becoming their lovers. Among them was Melantho. His son Telemachus hangs the twelve that Eurycleia identifies.(Mythology).

                        Melantho is the corrupted form of the Tamil name Ma La thee, the name of moon goddess.

                                 Later, Eurycleia informs Penelope that Odysseus has returned, but Penelope does not believe the maid. Penelope then tests Odysseus to prove that he is indeed her husband and asks him to move the bed Odysseus built in their marriage-chamber; Odysseus tells Penelope that this is not possible, as one of the legs of the bed is built into a live olive tree, a secret that only Penelope and Odysseus would know. She finally accepts that her husband has returned.9Mythology).

                        The  Olive  tree [ leg of the  bed ] is the  Tamil  Aala   Maram  under which the sun god Siva  lies down as that of the  Aa thi Saesan , Odysseus .  Siva is called as Aalamar  Selvan .
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