The Odyssey

The Odyssey is the epic poem written by Homer. In the Odyssey, Odysseus, King of Ithaca and the main character, is on a quest to get home, however he must face many challenges the Gods of Olympus set before him.

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Where is the hamartia in The Odyssey?

The biggest example of harmartia is Odysseus' act of hubris when he tells the cyclops Polyphemus his true name. This enables Polyphemus to ask his father Poseidon to curse Odysseus, and give him difficulties on his journey home.

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How long is The Odyssey?

24 books (chapters) or 400-500 pages, depending on your version (mine is 462)

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Do Odysseus challenge Eurymachus to a work contest?

When Odysseus comes home to Ithaca, Penelope has set up a challenge for the suitors to win her hand. Whoever is able to string Odysseus' bow and shoot an arrow cleanly through the ax heads, they will win Penelope. (Penelope, however, has a pretty good idea that no one else will be able to string Odysseus' bow except for him, so while the contest appears fair to the suitors, in reality Penelope has developed a clever plan as to avoid marrying any of them.) None of the suitors are able to string the bow. Then Odysseus comes in. (Remember, he has been disguised by Athena as an old beggar, so no one recognizes him.) To make a long story short, Odysseus is able to successfully complete the contest. Also, it is important to know that Penelope and all of the women have been sent to a room and locked in because Odysseus plans on killing all of the suitors for their crime of attempting to marry Penelope (his wife) while he was still alive. So, Penelope is not aware that someone has won the contest, the someone being Odysseus (in disguise). At the point that Odysseus wins the contest, he becomes Odysseus again, or, rather, back to his recognizable form. The suitors recognize him. Odysseus tells them he's going to kill them and what their crimes were. So, Odysseus shoots, with his bow and arrows, Antinous, the ringleader of the suitors. However, before Odysseus can kill the rest of the suitors, Eurymachus, also a sort of ringleader, steps up to ask mercy of Odysseus. He promises payments back for all the food, etc. the suitors have used up. Odysseus doesn't accept his apology, and kills all the suitors anyhow.

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What is a creative title for a comic strip on the odyssey?

'Trojan Horses' , 'Achilles' Heels' , 'Tricks and Traps' .

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How is The Odyssey similar to Star Wars?

Not very similar at all. The Odyssey is the story of Odysseus' return trip from the Trojan War, and Star Wars covers essentially two civil wars. While Odysseus is the main character, Star Wars covers the stories of several characters: Luke and Leia Skywalker, Han Solo & Chewbacca, R2-D2 & C3P0, Darth Vader, and Obi Wan Kenobi, just to name a few. Simply put, the movies do not match up enough in any respect to have any meaningful comparisons.

But it might be worth your while to take a look at some comparisons in the Iliad. Specifically, the characters Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are very similar to the Iliad heroes Odysseus and Achilles, respectively. If you look more closely at the two stories, you might find more in common.

Greek and Roman Mythologies
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What is the allusion of Daedalus and Icarus?

The Allusion refers to one following the rules or laws of society. The rule of law was put into place to protect us. In this case, Icarus refused to listen to his father and got caught up in the glory of flight. He was told to stay away from the sun but ignored his father, Deadalus, and few to towards the sun. This resulted into the glue melting from the wings which fell off his back and eventuality Icarus's death into the ocean.

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Why does Telemachus visit nestor?

To ask him what he know about Odysseus, his father.

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Hades (Pluto)

What is hades like in the odyssey?

The gloomy dwelling of the ghosts, heroes and gods and goddesses of Greek myth.

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Why does Odysseus wife have suitors?

Because all the suitors wanted to inherit her husband's wealth and be king of Ithaca.

Also, yeah, she was hot.

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What was the downfall of Odysseus?

It depends on wat u mean by downfall cuz he had many thngs that slowd him down and got in his way

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Who was Teiresias in The Odyssey?

He was a blind prophet/ dead prince of Thebes. He tells Odysseus in book 9 about what he will do next which is go home, kill all the suitors, then travel to make an alter like thing for Poseidon so he wont be angry at him any more.

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Greek and Roman Mythologies

Why was Circe dangerous?

Circe was dangerous because she was somewhat of a sorceress or witch. She was able to cast spells, mostly enchant men and turn them into animals. She was gifted in magic and had horrible powers. Many feared her. Of course she wasn't human, she was the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun and Perse, an sea nymph. So her powers, beauty and intellect were that beyond many mere mortals.

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What killed Odysseus's mother?

grief or saddness

Basically, yeah. She was heartbroken.

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What is Odysseus doing in Phaeacia?

After being rescued, the King and his people ask Odysseus to tell how he came to their island. Odysseus tells of his adventures orally and from his point of view. At this point the reader should question if Odysseus is being completely accurate or perhaps embellishing his tales and adventures.

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Why were Daedalus and Icarus important?

Daedalus and Icarus were characters of Greek Mythology. Daedalus was the creator of the Labyrinth. Icarus was his son. Minos, King of Crete, captured both Daedalus and Icarus in the Labyrinth. Daedalus invented some bronze wings in the prison to help him and his son escape. They escaped successfully, but Icarus, ignoring his father's warnings, swooped low, touching the sea. So he drowned. Daedalus didn't die, but he lived missing his son every second from then on.

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How did hector lavoe's son die?

It was ruled an accident, a friend of Lavoe's son was handling a loaded gun and it discharged, killing Lavoe Jr. But some people believe there was more behind the incident, some speculate foul play maybe to get back at Lavoe indirectly, nothing has ever been proven.

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Why does Odysseus pray to Apollo in the Odyssey?

To see his wife and son back at his home.

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How was Odysseus disloyal?

He was disloyal because he cheated on Penelope with Calypso and Circe. He was so afraid that Penelope was being unfaithful, yet he had two affairs


At least with Circe, he could not help but to be unfaithful. Circe was a witch and made him sleep with her lest his men remain animals and he would never see Penelope again. In the case with Calypso, she said that her island had bound him there and that he was never allowed to leave. So yes, he had a choice whether to sleep with Calypso or not but he did. Guess he thought he might as well enjoy himself if it's going to be forever. Which, you can't blame the man. lol

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What kind of hero is Odysseus?

odyesseus is an honorable heroic person

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Similarities Between

What are similarities in Beowulf and The Odyssey?

both contain monsters, the hero seems to be 'supermen' , both heroes must travel far drom home.

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What here the teachings of homer from The Odyssey?

Agriculture and trade

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The Iliad

What is a common theme for the Odyssey and Iliad?

Vengeance, Fate or Destiny, Courage, Pride, Power of the Gods, determination, faith, morality (both human & divine), brains vs brawn..

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Oedipus Rex

What are dramatic irony quotes from Oedipus Rex?

"Upon the murderer I invoke this curse- whether he is one man and all unknown,

or one of many- may he wear out his life in misery to miserable doom!" --

Oedipus is evoking a curse upon the murderer when the murderer turns out to be himself

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What are the threats posed by the sirens and by scylla and charybdis?

Sirens- the lure you into your death with their beautiful singing. Scylla- plucks your sailors out of the sea and eats them. Charybdis- sucks all the water out of the sea.

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Does Eumaeus believe Odysseus' tale?

If speaking of Odysseus' tale about being a beggar who was once from Crete, yes Eumaeus believes Odysseus.


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