Argos I Am Not

February 20, 2007 at 6:16 pm 5 comments

When I think about recognizing things or having good memories or even the longevity of loyalty, I often think about Argos (sometimes Argus) from The Odyssey.  Argos was Odysseus’ dog who stayed behind while his owner went to Troy.  When Odysseus finally returned to his palace after a 20 year abscence and an ardous journey home, Argos was the first (and one of the very few) to recognize him.  The dog was over twenty years old and lived much longer than most dogs.  He was weak, old and neglected, lying in a manure pile.  But old age and Odysseus’ disguise as a beggar did not prevent the dog from knowing his master.  When Argos saw Odysseus, he was too weak to stand, but wagged his tail and finally allowed himself to die.

Argos recognizes his master and dies

Well, I haven’t had a twenty year absence and I’m already struggling to recognize my own siblings!  At Chuck E. Cheese, I didn’t realize my bearded brother was standing right next to me.  I’ve had similiar struggles with my sister and her new blond hair.  An example is when I was looking at pictures from Greg Zumbrook‘s wedding.  Perusing the thumbnails, I quickly recognized Clint:

“Oh, there’s Clint,” I thought, “…and some chick.”

I clicked on the photo and when the larger version came up, I was surprised to find that “some chick” was actually my sister!

Some chick and Clint

Whoops.  I think it is safe to say I have a ways to go to match the abilities of Argus.

Entry filed under: Argos, Carolyn L, Clint L, Greek Mythology, Homer, The Odyssey.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Carolyn  |  February 20, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    I’m terrible at recognizing people from a distance. I haven’t tried it on family members, but when I went to a restaurant with Clint to meet some friends, I didn’t see them at all. Clint had to locate them. It’s happened multiple times. Whenever I’m meeting up with a group and am faced with the room full of strangers, it’s hard for me to pick out who I’m looking for.

    Is this also related to you chasing after old ladies thinking they are Dad?

  • 2. tgaw  |  February 20, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Ooooh good point! That IS the same thing!

  • 3. Clint  |  February 21, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I hope you saw the Futurama episode where Fry’s dog waits for him forever. The difference being, Fry never came back. Probably the only dog-related anything to ever bring a tear to my eye (and many others’).

  • 4. Nicko  |  March 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm


    Enjoyed the article!
    I’ve got a long-standing personal interest in Argus, and was wondering if you might be able to tell me anything about the source of the image you used.
    I collect these sorts of prints and have never seen this one.


  • 5. tgaw  |  March 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hey Nick— Shoot— I can’t recall offhand. I may have it listed on an external harddrive. If I find out, I’ll let you know!


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