The Odyssey

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The Odyssey

The Odyssey is about a warrior named Odysseus, also king of Ithaca and his long journey home from war. Odysseus fights in the Trojan War and on his way home to Ithaca finds many adventures. Odysseus loses his entire crew after being trapped on an island twice, and many detours to Ithaca thanks to the gods' vengenance. Back in Ithaca, Odysseus's wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, are trying to fight off the suitors, who constantly try to take Penelope's hand in marriage. Odysseus finally returns and slays the suitors with his son, reuniting with his family after a long trip at sea.

The Title

The title of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, is very important to the content of the poem. The epic is about an adventure of a "hero" who travels the world in search for home. The word, odyssey, means "a long journey or adventure". Additionally, the title is a play on words with the protagonist's name, Odysseus. The title is very symbolic and foreshadows towards the poem's subject.

Lasting Impact



The Odyssey

Brief Summary

Robert Fagles

The Odyssey teaches many important lessons and ideals. The concept of xenia is very important in Greek society. Xenia is the ideal of hospitality towards everyone, even strangers. Additionally, honor is essential in The Odyssey, and several times in the epic characters do and say things that will reflect on their reputation.

Robert Fagles was an American professor who taught at Princeton University. Fagles is best known for his translation of ancient Greek texts, such as The Iliad and The Odyssey. Fagles's translation of The Odyssey is widely used throughout the world and considered the go-to translation of The Odyssey for millions. Time Magazine called his translation one of the best books of 1995, when it was released.


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