In Greek mythology, Eumaeus was Odysseus's swineherd and friend. His father, Ktesios son of Ormenos was king of an island called Syra; when he was a young child a Phoenician sailor seduced his nurse, a slave, who agreed to bring the child among other treasures in exchange for their help in her escape. The nurse was killed by Artemis on the journey by sea, but the sailors continued to Ithaca where Odysseus's father Laertes bought him as a slave. Thereafter he was brought up with Odysseus and his sister Ctimene and was treated by Anticleia, their mother as Ctimene's equal. In Homer's Odyssey, Eumaeus is the first mortal that Odysseus meets upon his return to Ithaca after fighting in the Trojan War, he has ` savage as wild beasts,' who protect his pigs. Although he does not recognize his old master – Odysseus is in disguise – and has his misgivings, Eumaeus treats Odysseus well, offering food and shelter to one whom he thinks is a pauper. On being pushed to explain himself, Odysseus spins a distorted tale, misleading Eumaeus into believing that he is the son not of Laertes but of Castor.

The swineherd refuses to accept the assurance that Odysseus is on his way home, though he loves him above all others. Eumaeus has become inured to such claims owing to their frequency during Odysseus' absence, additionally because he had been misled by an impostor from Aetolia, he cautions:Don't you try to gratify or soothe my heart with falsehoods. It is not for that reason that I shall respect and entertain you, but becauseI fear Zeus, the patron of strangers, pity you. God-fearing and scrupulous, Eumaeus delivers the oldest extant example of literary sarcasm when, after Odysseus offers a bargain entailing that he be thrown off a cliff should he lose, he answers: That would be virtuous of me, my friend, good reputation wouldbe mine among men, for present time alike and hereafter,if first I led you into my shelter, there entertained you as guest,then murdered you and ravished the dear life from you. Cheerfully I could go and pray to Zeus, son of Kronos. Eumaeus is generous in his offerings to guests and gods and so fair-minded as to strive to divide meals between everyone he feeds.

The axiom "The god will give, the god will take away, according to his will, for he can do anything" encapsulates his philosophy. During his master's long absence, Eumaeus acquires from the Taphians a servant, with his own ostensibly meagre resources. Mesaulius serves as a waiter during Odysseus' first supper back on Ithaca, in Eumaeus's hut with its owner and his fellow herders. Eumaeus welcomes Odysseus' son, when he returns from his voyage to Pylos and Sparta; when Telemachus returns, he visits Eumaeus as soon. In Eumaeus's hut is Odysseus in disguise. Eumaeus greets Telemachus as a father, expressing his deep worry while Telemachus was gone and his relief now, safely back. Homer uses a simile to reiterate the father–son relationship between Telemachus and Eumaeus, he says, And as a loving father embraces his own sonCome back from a distant land after ten long years,His only son beloved and much sorrowed for With Odysseus sitting beside Eumaeus and Telemachus, the audience is aware of this relationship.

During the slaughter of the suitors, along with fellow servant Philoetius, assists Telemachus and Odysseus. 12972 Eumaios, Jovian asteroid Greek mythology in popular culture Melanthius, Odysseus's goatherd Media related to Eumaeus at Wikimedia Commons

Joe Buff

Joe Buff is an American author of naval techno-thrillers, including the bestseller Tidal Rip. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1997, he was an actuary for 20 years. Buff's novels take place in the years 2011–2012. In his novels, Boer reactionaries seize control of the government of South Africa; the UN places economic sanctions on South Africa. In response, South Africa begins to sink merchant shipping belonging to the United Kingdom and the United States. NATO mobilizes and a large convoy sets sail towards South Africa with only Germany holding out due to "social unrest". Half-way to South Africa, there is a revolt in Germany; the Hohenzollern family is crowned as Kaiser. The German government declares its support for South Africa and both nations form the Boer-Berlin Axis. In a pre-planned move and South Africa use tactical nuclear warheads to destroy a NATO convoy and Tripoli; these moves force Continental Europe to surrender out of fear of being in a nuclear war. Most of the world stays neutral out of both.

Cash-strapped Russia is selling the Boer-Berlin Axis weapons and intelligence. On the side of the allies, only America, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Venezuela, Costa Rica, New Zealand and several unnamed African nations are still fighting, with Cuba supporting them. Although through the course of the war, Egypt, Jordan, India, most of the Middle East, Afghanistan and Russia join the Allies. Tactical nuclear warheads are now the weapon of choice with a gentleman's agreement not to hit any civilians; the story starts with Deep Sound Channel on the high-tech ceramic hulled submarine the U. S. S. Challenger outside of Diego Garcia; the novels in the series are: Deep Sound Channel, 2000 Thunder in the Deep, 2001 Crush Depth, 2002 Tidal Rip, 2003 Straits of Power, 2004 Seas of Crisis, 2005 Buff is a graduate of New York University, where he received his BA in mathematics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his MA in mathematics. He lives in Dutchess County, New York with his wife Sheila Buff, herself a writer and whom he met in college.

Buff has five siblings. Official website

2007 Zahedan bombings

The 2007 Zahedan bombings occurred from 14–17 February in Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Province, Iran. While Jundallah claimed responsibility, the Iranian government has accused the governments of United States of complicity; the first bombing occurred at 6:30 a.m. on February 14 when a car filled with explosives stopped in front of a bus carrying Revolutionary Guards in Ahmadabad district. The car exploded, injuring 31 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. A car filled with explosives stopped in front of a bus full of Revolutionary Guards in Ahmadabad district, Sistan-Baluchestan Province at 6:30 a.m. on 14 February 2007. The car, parked in the middle of the road, forced the bus to stop; the car's driver and passengers got out of the car and used motorbikes to leave the scene while they shot at the bus. A few seconds the bombs exploded, killing 18 Guards. A number of Zahedan residents demonstrated in the streets, holding the coffins of the victims of the first bombing, chanting "death to hypocrites."

Guards commander Qasem Rezaei said, "This blind terrorist operation led to the martyrdom of 18 citizens of Zahedan." Rezaei attributed the attack to "insurgents and elements of insecurity." Majid Razavi, an Interior Ministry official, said Iranian police arrested a suspect within an hour of the bombing. Five days the authorities announced the execution of Nasrollah Shanbezehi, he was hanged in public at the site of the bombing. He was said to have been tried and sentenced by a branch of the Revolutionary Court after his televised confession. In one of the pictures of his execution, where the noose is being placed around his neck, a bruise is visible above his right eye. In his confession, he said that he had joined PRMI\Jundallah three months solely for financial reward, but other sources say that he was arrested because he was taking a picture of the bus with his mobile phone. Jundallah claimed responsibility for the attack on 15 February; the Iranian government has arrested five suspects, two of whom were carrying camcorders and grenades when they were arrested, while the police killed the main "agent" of the attack.

Among the arrestees was Said Qanbarzehi, a Balochi, hanged in Zahedan prison on 27 May 2007. He had been sentenced to death at the age of 17 along with six other Balochi men—Javad Naroui, Masoud Nosratzehi, Houshang Shahnavazi, Yahya Sohrabzehi, Ali Reza Brahoui and Abdalbek Kahrazehi – in March 2007, despite the absolute international prohibition on the execution of child offenders. Balochi sources suggest that the seven may have been arrested because of their family ties to those suspected of involvement in the February bus bombing. According to Sistan-Baluchistan Provincial Television, 15–17 March 2007, Said Qanbarzehi and the six others all confessed to a number of crimes that took place in Sistan-Baluchistan province; some reports suggest that those who confessed were tortured, including by having bones in their hands and feet broken, by being “"branded”" with a red-hot iron, by having an electric drill applied to their limbs, shredding their muscles. Following publication of an interview in ‘Ayyaran newspaper, which has since been closed down on the order of Hojjatoleslam Nekunam, on 17 March 2007 Hossein Ali Shahriari, stated that there were around 700 people awaiting execution in Sistan-Baluchistan province, whose sentences had been confirmed by the Supreme Court.

Brigadier General Mohammad Jaffari said on 15 February that the government had arrested 68 people in connection with the bombing. The spokesman for Javier Solana, the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union, said, "We condemn the car bomb attack on Wednesday in Zahedan. Acts of terrorism can never be justified; the perpetrators must be brought to justice. We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the victims and to the Iranian government." The United Nations Security Council condemned the bombing through a press statement, saying that nothing justifies terrorism. Peter Burian, Slovakia's ambassador to the United Nations and President of the Security Council, said, "They underlined the need to bring to justice the perpetrators and sponsors of this terrorist attack, as with all terrorist attacks." United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the attack and gave his condolences to the Iranian government and the families of the victims. The Georgian Foreign Ministry condemned the bombing.

Jundallah militants set off a percussion bomb in a girls school on 17 February shortly after the funeral for those killed in the first bombing. Hasan Ali Nouri, governor of Zahedan, said the bomb was a "sound bomb explosion." It wounded one person. Militants shot at an electricity plant cutting off power, before fleeing to a house in Zahedan. Fars news agency, an Iranian state run agency, reported "The insurgents began shooting at people after the explosion. Clashes are continuing between the armed insurgents. Police have cordoned off the area."The Iranian government summoned Pakistani ambassador Shafkat Saeed. Foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said, "The Pakistani ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry to give explanations. Discussions were undertaken and a committee was formed between the two countries to reinforce border security." The investigation and the confessions show. Abdolmalek Rigi Iran–Pakistan barrier 2008 Shiraz bombing Attack of Tasooki Terror strikes Iran: Baluchistan blowback?

5 suspects in Zahedan bombing arrested: local official