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The Odyssey by Homer
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May 02, 12


The Odyssey written by Homer is an age-old tale that has lasted the test of time. It is the touching story of one mans harrowing journey home. Odysseus has been kept prisoner by the nymph Calypso for seven years on top of his attempted journey home after the Trojan War, in all he has been gone twenty years. The grey-eyed goddess Athena makes an appeal to the other gods to allow Odysseus his freedom and safe passage home after all these years. The other gods agree and Odysseus starts his long journey home. He faces many trials including a Cyclopes, a trip to Hades, Sirens, and many other monsters. While Odysseus is fighting to get home a large group of suitors has taken over his house in an attempt to convince his wife to re-marry. Odysseus’s wife Penelope continues to outwit the suitors while she waits for his return home. The suitors presence and some subtle pushing from Athena convince Odysseus’s son Telemakhos to take a journey of his own in an attempt to find his long lost father, or at the very least to receive word if he is still alive. Father and son both return home and proceed to rid their home of the suitors with the help of the goddess Athena and the servants that are still loyal to Odysseus. The Odyssey is a touching story of faith, loyalty, and the importance of family. Homer does an amazing job spinning a tale that is utterly riveting. It is a book you can read again and again without ever getting tired of the wonderfully moving prose.
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