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Odysseus, the hero of The Odyssey, lived in a grand palace with his wife and son, along with many servants. Odysseus was king of the Greek province of Ithaca.
But one day, he was called away to fight in the Trojan War, with King Menelaus of Sparta. While in Troy, the goddess Athena notices his heroism and takes interest.
After fighting in the Trojan War for ten long years, Odysseus began his homeward journey. However, we was constantly waylaid, taking unintended detours to islands with giants, cyclopes (pictured), sea monsters, sirens, and even the sorceress Circe.
His wanderings finally brought him to the island of Calypso the nymph and sorceress, who craved him for a husband. She held him at her island for seven years, until Hermes sent her a message from Athena on Olympus to set Odysseus free.
After spending a brief time battling Poseidon and staying in the halls of Phaeacia, Odysseus finally arrived back to his home country, only to find that his house had been ransacked by suitors, seeking to court his wife and steal his kingship.
However, Odysseus enlists the help of his so Telemachus and Athena, and, disguised as a beggar, defeats the beggars in an archery contest and using the bow, kills every last one of them. He then reveals himself to his wife, and after passing a short identity test, reclaims his family and his kingship. However, when seeing his father after his return, avengers of the suitors attacked, and Odysseus killed them all too.
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