Odysseus: The Leading Greek Hero

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In the Odyssey, Odysseus is the leading Greek hero. He is King of Ithica, son of Laertes and Anticlea. Odysseus is also the husband of Penelope and father of Telemachus. Odysseus was sent to fight in the Trojan War in Troy by Menelaus. He spent many years fighting there and finally defeated them with the “wooden horse.” After the war, he set sail to return to his island, Ithica. While trying to find their way home they came across an island where Posiedon’s Cyclops sons lived. Odysseus blinded one of his Cyclops, Polyphemus. Posiedon was very mad and set many trials for Odysseus. Odysseus and his men fought the waves, harsh days, and long nights for many months. Odysseus longed to return home to his wife, Penelope and his son, Telemachus.

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