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In regards to The Odyssey, is Calypso a nymph or a goddess? Also, what is the...

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sharrons | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM via web

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In regards to The Odyssey, is Calypso a nymph or a goddess? Also, what is the difference between a nymph and a goddess?

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stefaniecpeters | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 4, 2009 at 1:32 PM (Answer #1)

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Calypso is both a nymph and a goddess. Nymphs were daughters of gods. The word "nymph" in Greek originally meant "bride" but later also meant "young woman." Sometimes nymphs refer specifically to dryads, or wood-nymphs; naiads, or river-nymphs; or nereids, or sea-nymphs. But in Calypso's case, as she is the daughter of Atlas and has the ability to offer Odysseus the magical gifts of immortality and eternal youth, she is both.

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