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Odysseus spends many years on Calypso's island in Homer's epic The Odyssey. However, the Olympian gods show mercy on Odysseus and decide that he will return home to his beloved island of Ithaca. Therefore, Hermes is sent to tell Calypso she must release Odysseus. She tells Odysseus he must build raft in order to sail home, which he completes in four days. After sailing for eighteen days, he sees the island of Phaecia, home to King Alcinous. However, Poseidon has not yet let go of his anger toward Odysseus for blinding his son Polyphemus and creates a storm that destroy Odysseus' raft. The resourceful and determined Odysseus swims for two days and nights until he reaches the shore of Phaecia. It is to King Alcinous and his kingdom that Odysseus will share his story, recounting all that happened to him in hs effort to get home after leaving Troy and fighting in the Trojan War. Odysseus' retelling of his story starts with Book 9 and concludes with Book 12.
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