The Odyssey is a 24-book epic poem attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer. The poem tells the narrative of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, who wanders for ten years (despite the poem's action only lasts six weeks) seeking to return home after the Trojan War. It takes place in Greece, around the time it was being formed into a nation state. The last book is from about 450 BC.
Odyssey means 'voyage of Odysseus'. According to the poem, Odysseus was the greatest warrior of his day and he used this fame to persuade many other warriors to follow him on his long journey home. However, unlike most other heroes of mythos, there was no prophecy leading up to Odysseus' adventure. He just up and left his kingdom without telling anyone where he was going or why.
The poem itself is written in dactylic hexameter line length patterns. These are the longest possible lines in classical Greek poetry that can be divided into six metrical feet. A foot consists of one versed line with two types of syllable: an accentuated stressed syllable and a non-accented unstressed syllable.
After the destruction of Troy, the Odyssey follows Odysseus, one of the Greek commanders, on his voyage back to his kingdom in Ithaca. Both poems, which are thought to have been written in the late eighth or early seventh centuries B.C., are among the earliest stories we know. They were probably performed before an audience who knew how the story would end.
Odyssey is about Odysseus's ten years-long journey home after the Trojan War. He has been gone for ten years and his wife, Penelope, has been left alone in the palace while he is away fighting in wars. When Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca, he is not believed by his family until he shows them evidence that he has survived through many dangers. Even then, they do not believe him at first because of the long time that has passed since he went away. Once they do believe him, however, he can finally tell his story to his children and fitful wife.
The Odyssey is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of literature. It was probably composed by a poet named Homer. The exact date of its creation is unknown but it was most likely written down by another poet named Hellenistic (see next topic).
In addition to being a work of art, the Odyssey has important historical implications regarding the development of ancient Greece.
The Odyssey is set in ancient Greece and tells the story of the hero Odysseus' long-awaited homecoming from the Trojan War to his hometown, Ithaca, after 10 years of traveling. The poem's primary action takes place on Ithaca, when a disguised Odysseus arrives there in Book 13. His return is anticipated with joy by his family but also with suspicion because he has not been seen before during the war.
Odysseus escapes detection but soon finds himself trapped with only one other survivor of the shipwreck. They must decide what to do next while waiting for help to arrive.
During this time, Odysseus learns that his wife, Penelope, has been faithful to him despite her people have been trying to kill him for years. He decides to go back to fight against Troy for her sake since he believes it is his duty as her husband. When he returns home again, this time successfully, Penelope volunteers to stay behind while he goes back out to battle again. She wants to remind everyone that she is still available for marriage proposals from other men.
After Odysseus kills many Trojans alone, he is finally reunited with his loyal friend, Eurycleia, who has been looking after him throughout his adventures. Together, they return home where Odysseus is greeted by his loving family.
The Odyssey is an epic poem composed by the blind poet Homer that tells the narrative of Odysseus, King of Ithaca. Both epics begin under distinct conditions. The first significant variation between the film and the poetry is the chronological order in which essential events take place. In the Odyssey, Odysseus returns to Ithaca after ten years at sea; his family has been anxiously awaiting his arrival for several days. However, he does not immediately show up, so they assume he has been killed during the ten-year voyage. Later, however, he arrives home safely.
By contrast, in the film Odysseus returns home after eleven years, having survived both the war against Troy and the many adventures he had to endure on his way back home.
Another difference is that in the Odyssey Odysseus' return journey is only half of his tale; he also has to fight again the suitors who have invaded his palace in Ithaca seeking revenge for his long absence. When he defeats them in battle, he realizes that he has left behind him twelve new enemies who will follow him wherever he goes until he leaves Ithaca for good.
In the film, by contrast, Odysseus never has to fight another battle after his return home.