Odysseus the Epic Hero

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Odysseus the Epic Hero Odysseus was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and a hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. He is the husband of Queen Penelope and the father of Prince Telemachus. Though a strong and courageous warrior, he is well known for his cunning wisdom. He is a favorite of the goddess Athena, who often sends him divine aid, but a bitter enemy of Poseidon, who frustrates his journey at every turn. Odysseus was able to successfully return home because he was brave, loyal, and had amazing intelligence and witt. Odysseus’ bravery helped him lead his men through the obstacles on his journey to home. When Eurlyochus escapes from Circe and lets Odysseus know that Circe turned his men into pigs, then tells him that no man can return alive. Odysseus had bravely replied that he was going to save his men without any concern of what may happen to him. In the story it says, “Very well, Eurylochus, you may stay here in this place, eat and drink beside the ship. But as for me, go I must, and go I will.” He showed his bravery by not abandoning his men at Circe's island, even though Eurylochus suggested they stay away from her and keep going. Odysseus’ loyalty to his homeland and family contributed immensely whilst he traveled. Odysseus learns on the island of Calypso that nothing is as important as or more valuable than his homeland and family. From this point on his determination and loyalty to return to his home Abercrombie 2 never wavers. In this quote from the odyssey it expresses Odysseus’ loyalty to his homeland “Where shall a man find sweetness to surpass his own home and his parents? In far lands he shall not, though he find a house of gold.” In this quote it explains that the best thing in the world is the home and family. People can go all over the world ("in far lands"), but they will never find anything better than that. Even if they found a house

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