Virgil's Ulysses typifies his view of the Greeks: he is cunning but impious.
Leaving the task of civilizing his people to his son, he gathers together a band of old comrades "to sail beyond the sunset. Odysseus has now revealed himself in all his glory with a little makeover by Athena ; yet Penelope cannot believe that her husband has really returned—she fears that it is perhaps some god in disguise, as in the story of Alcmene mother of Heracles —and tests him by ordering her servant Euryclea to move the bed in their wedding-chamber.
Enraged, Polyphemus tries to hit the ship with boulders, but because he is blind, he misses. Suddenly, Penelope appears and, prompted by Athenaannounces that she is finally ready to remarry.
He immediately snatches up one of the men and starts to eat him. Eumaeus Pretending to be a Cretan returning from Troy with some news of Odysseusthe disguised hero finds his way to the hut of one of his most faithful servants, the swineherd Eumaeus.
With divine inspiration from Athena, Odysseus came up with the brilliant idea of the wooden horse.
She gave him one more test and asked him to move their bed to another room of their home.