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  • The Odyssey
    Teiresias, the dead prophet who Odysseus goes to seek in the Underworld, foretells a difficult journey home for him because a god, Poseidon, will make it hard. Poseidon is angry with Odysseus for...

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  • The Odyssey
    The Odyssey begins with an invocation of the Muse, one of the nine daughters of Zeus, who are associated with artistic inspiration. It's sort of like a prayer in which the poet asks the Muse to...

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  • The Odyssey
    In the first few lines of this epic poem, readers learn that Odysseus could not save his men, and they perished through their own fault and not because of him. Most of them died as a result of...

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  • The Odyssey
    From the beginning of his story (just after winning the Trojan War) to the end (coming home to Ithaca and avenging the suitors for their mistreatment of his family and household), Odysseus becomes...

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  • The Odyssey
    In this book, the Phaeacians return Odysseus to Ithaca. He's fallen asleep on board, and so they pick him up and place him on shore, surrounded by all the treasure he's been given by the Phaeacian...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus shows patience when he needs to find a way to escape from Polyphemus, the Cyclops, in book IX of The Odyssey. At first, he plans to "[draw] [his] sharp sword from [his] thigh, and [stab]...

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  • The Odyssey
    Athena is constantly stepping in to help Odysseus and Telemachus, often disguising Odysseus or wrapping him in mist so that he cannot be seen or identified. Further, she appears often to...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus reveals his real identity to Eumaeus and Philoetius, his faithful servants, so that they will accept instruction from him about how he wants to exact his revenge on the suitors. He...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus is often recognized for his ego, as he is prone to bouts of pride and arrogance. The mortal's lack of humility usually gets him into to trouble with the gods, especially Poseidon, who...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Telemachus meets with the suitors, he confronts them about their abuse of his home's hospitality and tries to shame them for their lack of respect for themselves, his family, and the gods. He...

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  • The Odyssey
    After spending about a year with her, the goddess Circe tells Odysseus to seek out the blind prophet, Teiresias, in the Underworld in order to procure instructions for how to make it safely home to...

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  • The Odyssey
    One of the most significant ways in which Odysseus creates trouble for himself and his crew is by ignoring their pleas to take some food and quickly return to their ship when they came to the land...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus does actually tell his men about the warnings he received about the sacred cattle of the sun god, Helios, from Teiresias, the dead prophet he spoke with in the Underworld, and Circe, after...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca, Athena helps him by disguising him so that he will not be recognized by anyone before his plans for revenge on the suitors are ready. She first assures him...

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  • The Odyssey
    Circe warns Odysseus that their journey will only be able to continue if they go to the halls of Hades, where he must consult with the spirit of Teiresias of Thebes. In Book X, after fleeing Lamos,...

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  • The Odyssey
    Yes, I think it's fair to characterize Odysseus's experiences as amounting to a personal hell as a result of his protracted and distressing absence from home. While he is actually going through...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Odysseus and his crew find the cave of the Cyclops, along with all his animals and cheese, the crew begs him to take some food and return immediately to the ship. The men seem to sense,...

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  • The Odyssey
    In terms of his flaws, Odysseus shows some greediness in this book. Prior to the Cyclops' return to his home, Odysseus's men try to convince him to take some food and return to their ship;...

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  • The Odyssey
    In a general sense, the various monsters confronted in the Odyssey serve as tests of Odysseus's cunning and resolve. Each one presents a unique type of obstacle to the adventurer, tempting or...

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  • The Odyssey
    In Book XI, Tiresias tells Odysseus that he is having such a hard time at sea because Poseidon, god of the sea, hates him. This hatred is born of the injury Odysseus has done to his son Polyphemus,...

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  • The Odyssey
    Both the Odyssey and the Epic of Gilgamesh exhibit numerous instances of divine intervention. In both stories, the protagonists and their companions anger at least one of the gods, and the god(s)...

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  • The Odyssey
    In Book IX, Odysseus briefly describes the time he spent with Calypso, who kept him prisoner, and Circe, "full of craft" who kept him in her palace. However, he describes, at much greater length,...

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  • The Odyssey
    One theme of this epic poem is that there is no place like home. Odysseus spends almost twenty years trying to get back to Ithaca and to his family, not content to be anywhere else (even if he's...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus's crew is not often portrayed in a flattering light. There are a great many times when they let him down, and their disobedience eventually costs them their lives. First, when they land...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Odysseus is adrift in the ocean, before he reaches Phaeacia, Poseidon sends terrible storms in an attempt to drown him (as revenge for blinding his Cyclops son, Polyphemus). If Odysseus has...

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  • The Odyssey
    Penelope says this to Odysseus just after he has revealed himself to her upon his return to Ithaca. She tests him in order to force him to prove that he really is her husband because she's grown...

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  • The Odyssey
    In terms of similarities, both Zeus and Odysseus are incredibly powerful within their respective communities. They both have extramarital affairs (Odysseus, in The Odyssey, with Circe and Calypso;...

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  • The Odyssey
    In Book Three, Nestor praises Telemachus for his bravery and for his potential as a hero a few times: first, after hearing what Telemachus's mission is, and second, after realizing that Athena...

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  • The Odyssey
    In Book IX, Odysseus recounts stories from the time immediately following the Greeks' victory in the Trojan War. He and his crew first stop in Ismarus, killing the men, raiding the city's...

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  • The Odyssey
    The death of Antinous takes place in Ithaca, inside of Odysseus's palace. Odysseus asks Eurycleia to close all the doors to the palace, while the suitors make fun of Odysseus, still disguised as...

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  • The Odyssey
    When Odysseus has an opportunity to speak with Achilles in the underworld, Achilles questions him about why he would dare to come to the land of the dead because it is not a place for the living....

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus enraged the Cyclops, Polyphemus, when he and his men plunged a stake into the monster's eye, blinding him forever. However, as their ship sailed away from the Cyclopes' island, Odysseus...

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  • Literature
    After the Cyclops (Polyphemus) ate four of Odysseus’ men, the brave warrior hatched a plan to escape with the remaining men. Unfortunately, the Cyclops arrived home in the evening and after...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus arrived at the hut of Eumaeus, the swineherd. He found the swineherd lamenting the absence of his master, Odysseus. If my master had grown old here he would have done great things by me,...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus is really brave in the face of danger, and he is willing to encounter danger himself for good reason. When he forms his plan to kill the Cyclops, Polyphemus, he knows the risk of being...

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  • The Odyssey
    A. Monsters are stronger than the Greek gods. In this particular passage, it seems as though option A is the best answer. Polyphemus, the Cyclops, believes himself to be stronger than even the...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus is happy with the outcome of his tale because he has finally returned to his home, Ithaca, after a protracted and dangerous twenty years away. His main goal was always to make it back to...

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  • History
    Scylla and Charybdis were both mythological sea monsters. They appear in Book XII of Homer's The Odyssey. They were counterparts, living on two different sides of a strait. They represented...

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  • The Odyssey
    Circe's warnings are similar to Teiresias's prophecies in that they both warn of the terrible dangers that await Odysseus and his men on their journey home, and they both attempt to offer...

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  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
    Both stories are as ancient as they get, yet they both reflect societal values of mankind’s fascination with the supernatural and man’s relationship to the gods. These two stories represent...

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  • The Odyssey
    Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world and daughter of Aphrodite, was the wife of King Menelaus of Sparta; however, Aphrodite promised Helen to Paris, prince of Troy. Paris abducted Helen,...

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  • The Odyssey
    Calypso helps Odysseus by first agreeing to set him free, and then by promising him a raft and provisions for his journey home. By way of the messenger Hermes, Zeus orders Calypso to free Odysseus....

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  • The Odyssey
    Not particularly. Odysseus seems like a pretty static character, meaning that he really doesn't change in any significant or fundamental way throughout the text. He is courageous and cares deeply...

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  • The Odyssey
    In one sense, much of The Odyssey concerns the hero, Odysseus, being trapped on several different islands over the course of his adventures on his way back from the Trojan War. The first island on...

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  • The Odyssey
    Odysseus makes a few important choices in these books. Let us look at a few of them. Book 13 marks his return to Ithaca. Here, he encounters Athena in the disguise of a shepherd's boy. Together,...

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  • The Odyssey
    In Homer's epic poem The Odyssey, the protagonist Odysseus and his crew visit the Underworld. Their journey is guided by directions from Circe, the sea witch, who instructs them to make a sacrifice...

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  • The Odyssey
    Certainly, one of the biggest values presented by the Odyssey is loyalty. Penelope is extremely loyal to Odysseus, never doubting that he is still alive, and refusing to choose another husband from...

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  • The Odyssey
    Poseidon was god of the seas and Polyphemus, the Cyclops, was his son. Odysseus blinds Polyphemus because the Cyclops was eating his men. Odysseus might have gotten away with this, but...

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  • The Odyssey
    Homer’s Odyssey is an epic poem that chronicles Odysseus’ ten-year struggle to return to Ithaca following the Trojan War. When Odysseus leaves for Troy, as told in the prequel to The Odyssey,...

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  • The Odyssey
    First, let's get clear on what an epic simile is. A simile, as you probably know, is simply an explicit comparison using words such as "like" or "as" (e.g., "His words beat down on Patroclus like...

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