L'odissea di Homer è una poesia epica che è sopravvissuta a migliaia di anni! È la storia di Odisseo, il re astuto di Itaca, il cui trofeo ha aiutato a guadagnare la guerra con Troy. Dopo la sua vittoria a Troy, incontra molte prove che lo ritardano a raggiungere la sua casa, Itaca e la sua regina, Penelope. Il viaggio dell'eroe di Odysseus è un'avventura lunga e ardua, piena di pericoli, tentazioni e spensieratezza.
I will marry one of you once my shroud is finished!
A prime example of Odysseus's use of cunning is when he devises a plan to escape the cyclops in which he tells him that his name is "Nohbdy".
Odysseus, please take my best ship and these gifts home to your kingdom of Ithaca!
The second example of Odysseus' wit is when he uses beeswax to block his crew's ears so they could pass the Sirens.
You are not welcome here! Now I will eat you and your men for trespassing.
An example of Penelope's use of brains is when she secretly unravels her shroud every night so she never finishes it!
You can stay with one of us... forever! Xoxo
Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians, assures Odysseus that he will be returned safely to his home. Consistent with their custom, the Phaeacians provide him with hospitality and safe passage home.
Odysseus enters the Cyclops' cave, bringing gifts of food and wine in exchange for the hospitality he believes he will receive. However, Polyphemus states he is not bound by the law of the gods and eats Odysseus' men instead.
Both Goddesses Calypso and Circe fall in love with Odysseus. They treat him well, and offer him immortality if he will stay with them forever.