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  • n. Greek Mythology The king of Ithaca, a leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War, who reached home after ten years of wandering.

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  • proper n. A male given name, (Greek mythology) son of Laertes and father of Telemachus; a Greek leader during the Trojan War, and responsible for the Trojan horse; king of Ithaca; hero of the Iliad and protagonist of the Odyssey

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  • n. (Greek mythology) a famous mythical Greek hero; his return to Ithaca after the siege of Troy was described in the Odyssey


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From Ancient Greek Ὀδυσσεύς (Odysseús).


  • As Eumæus and Odysseus were resting at the spring, a servant from Odysseus’ house came along.

    Part II. Chapter X

  • Ah, would that I had the youth, as now I have the spirit, and were either the son of noble Odysseus or Odysseus’ very self, 1 straightway then might a stranger sever my head from off my neck, if I went not to the halls of Odysseus, son of Laertes, and made myself the bane of every man among them!

    Book XVI

  • So spake he, and Athene was mightily angered at heart, and chid Odysseus in wrathful words: ‘Odysseus, thou hast no more steadfast might nor any prowess, as when for nine whole years continually thou didst battle with the Trojans for high born Helen, of the white arms, and many men thou slewest in terrible warfare, and by thy device the wide-wayed city of Priam was taken.

    Book XXII

  • For instance, in the Odyssey, while Odysseus is away, Penelope keeps weaving and undoing and reweaving a funeral shroud for her father-in-law, Laertes; she is doing this to postpone a task she does not want, that of giving up on Odysseus and choosing from among her pesky suitors.

    Ingrid Hill - An interview with author

  • Similarly, while Odysseus is presumably the protagonist (if it isn't the "translator"), many different versions of Odysseus, assuming many different roles, are presented in the 46 episodes comprising The Lost Books.

    Experimental Fiction

  • And lets face it, Odysseus is everyone's favourite Trojan character, so the more to read along that tract the better.

    The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

  • In my previous post Odysseus, Uthuze and Utnapishtim, I finished off with the dangling idea that the name Odysseus had reached Anatolia and the Aegean by the second millenium BCE.

    A Pre-Greek name for Odysseus

  • We may accompany Odysseus from the victory at Troy, over his different stations on his way home, as well as we become more closely acquainted with Telemachus on his different expeditions and with Penelope in her difficult position in Ithaca.

    A Single, Homeless, Circling Satellite: Derek Walcott, 1992 Nobel Literature Laureate

  • ‡ In the Aeneid of Virgil, which was written in Latin, Odysseus is called Ulysses.


  • Odysseus is the name given to the poet by his parents.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1979 - Press Release


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