Odysseus, the strongest and most courageous man, rules as the king of Ithaca. He dominates the land with his wife, Penelope, and their son, Telemachus by his side.
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Odysseus is called to travel to Troy to lead the armies in the Trojan War. Just like any epic hero, Odysseus must travel far from his home for the good of his people.
Odysseus finally wins the Trojan War after many years, making him a war hero. On his way home, his crew kills some of the sun's golden cattle. This deeply upsets Zeus and for this reason he strikes Odysseus's boat with lightning, killing everyone but Odysseus. For the first time ever Odysseus is completely separated from the world he knows.
Odysseus then lands on an island and faces the goddess Calypso. She keeps him trapped on the island for seven years. While this is going, Odysseus is receiving help from the goddess Athena, who feels sorry for him. Athena, therefore, convinces Zeus to send Hermes to save Odysseus from Calypso. This shows the intimate relationship between Athena and Odysseus.
With Athena's help Odysseus sets sail to escape Calypso. He lands on the Phaeacian shore, where he gets help from the king and queen. They send him home with a boat full of treasures. The only thing keeping Odysseus going on this hard journey is his son, Telemachus. This makes Telemachus the hero's sense of motion.
Odysseus returns home dressed like a beggar. He finds out his wife is holding a contest: whoever can shoot an arrow through a row of axes, using Odysseus's bow, will become her husband. No one can until Odysseus, of course, shoots through all the axes. Finally, he is restored as king and reunited with his family.