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The Odyssey
The Odyssey



The Odyssey is an epic poem written by the blind poet, Homer. It is believed to be written around the 8th century B.C. Homer also wrote an epic poem, The Illiad, about the Trojan War. The Odyssey, however, is written about Odysseus and his travel home from the Trojan War. It is a legend - some parts are probably true or based on fact, but many parts are fictional. Below is a very, very brief and simplified summary.


Throughout the whole journey home, Odysseus encounters some issues with Poseidon, who is angry with him. Poseidon makes storms at sea which makes it very difficult for Odysseus to travel. Eventually a sea nymph, Calypso, captures Odysseus in hopes of making him her wife. Hermes demands the release of Odysseus and he starts out again. His ship then wrecks, and he ends up on the island of Scheria. The king and queen help him get back out into the sea. The crew of Odysseus is caught in yet another storm, and land in a strange place inhabited by the Locust-Eaters. All of Odysseus' men who eat the plants end up dead. The next destination of the ship is the land of the Cyclops. Another few men are lost there, but Odysseus once again makes it out alive. Odysseus and his crew still have a long way to go until they make it back home - some stops include a visit to Hades and past the Sirens. Odysseus does make it back to Ithaca, however, where he claims his wife who was being bugged by suitors this whole time.


In 1997, The Odyssey took another form - a made for TV movie. Some of the stars included Armand Assante (Odysseus) and Vanessa L. Williams (Calypso).