Odysseus' Release from Calypso's Island

Odysseus' Release from Calypso's Island

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  • My heart aches for wise Odysseus. Why are you so angry with his that you permit Calypso to restrain him?
  • Let us plan to start Odysseus' journey homeward!
  • Hermes, go command the nymph Calypso to permit Odysseus of the stout heart to build a raft and depart.
  • On my way!
  • Calypso, I come to deliever the news that the gods of Olympus wish to grant Odysseus freedom. 
  • If the gods wish it, it shall be done.
  • Athena comes to Odysseus' aid. After eight years on Calypso's island Athena believes Odysseus' punishment should end, so she goes to Zeus to try and end his detainment.
  • Weep no more, unhappy soul, for I shall let you go! But if you knew the troubles still before you, surely you would choose to remain here with me.
  • Zeus calls upon his son Hermes to go and find Calypso to demand that she release Odysseus from her island. Hermes accepts Zeus' order. 
  • I know that my wife, being mortal, cannot compare with you, and yet I long to return to her. Even if some god makes my journey difficult, I shall bear it.
  • On Calypso's island, Hermes is able to deliver Zeus' command without the presence of Odysseus, for he is weeping elsewhere. Calypso agrees with Zeus and Hermes, and proceeds to end Odysseus' time on her island. 
  • Calypso approaches Odysseus and tells him of his freedom, but warns him of troubles to come. 
  • Odysseus acknowledges his potential troubles, but wishes to return to his homeland.
  • After days of preparation, Odysseus finally completes his raft and sets sail for Ithaca.
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