The Odyssey by Homer

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Which encounter in the underworld was the most beneficial to the return home of Odysseus in The Odyssey?

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I think there are a number of aspects that are highly interesting about Odysseus and his voyage into the underworld in Book 11. Firstly, it allows Homer to make lots of links between the action of The Odysseus, and his other epic, The Iliad , by focussing on the fate of a number of major characters from that epic, such as Achilles, Ajax and Agamemnon. Likewise we are presented with a number of characters such as Tantalus who present us with a series of punishments that we are shown could await us in the Underworld....

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