Broadly describe the characteristics of Ulysses. Ulysses character as a father, as a colonial figure and leader and renaissance spirit(thirst for knowledge)... the given topics must cover the characteristics of Ulysses.. characteristics as a father, colonial figure, leader and renaissance spirit should include in the characteristics of Ulysses...please it is abroad question answer it broadly.  

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Ulysses is the Latin name for the Greek hero, Odysseus. Many English books use the Latin rather than the Greek form of the name.

The difficulty in describing Odysseus is that he appears in so many different contexts, including Homer's Odyssey, Sophocles' Philoctetes, Virgil's Aeneid, and many modern rewritings of classical stories, including Tennyson's Ulysses, James Joyce's Ulysses, Lotus Eaters and Siren Son, and Walcott's Omeros.

The epithet used to describe Odysseus in Homeric epic is "polymetis" or "many-devising", a term suggesting that he is clever in many ways or clever about many different things. He is notable for devising clever (often misleading) strategems rather than tackling problems head on, and sometimes appears almost unscrupulous. His patron goddess is Athena, the goddess of wisdom.

Most stories about him emphasize his long journey back from Troy to Ithaca and his faithfulness to Penelope who waits for him.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on

Soaring plane image

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial