THE purpose of this paper is to examine the function of μακαρισμός in the Odyssey focusing on Odysseus’ μακαρισμός of Achilles in Od. Il; 1 their encounter, 2 I argue, sets up a comparison between their heroic profiles and the different fates of the warrior they represent in the epic tradition. The feature of μακαρισμός, used twice more in the Odyssey by Odysseus, is turned into a medium of self-representation and praise as the hero, displaying an astonishing stability in his pursuit of personal fulfillment, establishes his own concept of μάκαρ.