The Badass of the Week. The son of the Argonaut Laertes, Odysseus married the beautiful, eloquent and intelligent Penelope and together they ruled the tiny Greek island of Ithaca.
Odysseus Odysseus In Greek mythology, Odysseus was a celebrated hero, best known for his role in the Trojan Warf and for his ten-year journey home after the war. Odysseus also known as Ulysses appears as the central character in the Odyssey, an epic by the ancient Greek poet Homer, and he also plays a role in the Iliad, Homer's other major epic.
Odysseus was generally said to be the son of Anticlea and of King Laertes of Ithaca. This version says that Sisyphus seduced Anticlea before her marriage to Laertes and that Odysseus inherited his cleverness from Sisyphus.
Educated by the centaur Chiron, Odysseus began to display great strength and courage at an early age. While out hunting with his uncles and his grandfather, the young hero saved the adults by killing a wild boar.
Before the creature died, however, it wounded Odysseus on the leg with its sharp tusk, leaving a permanent scar. When Odysseus reached manhood, King Laertes stepped aside and let his son rule Ithaca. Around the same time, Odysseus began thinking of marriage.
But Ithaca was a poor kingdom, and Odysseus had little hope of winning her.
Nevertheless, he went to Sparta as a suitor. While in Sparta, Odysseus displayed some of the cunning for which he became famous. Crowds of men had come to Sparta to seek the hand of Helen, and King Tyndareus feared what might happen when he chose one of them to marry his daughter.
Odysseus advised the king to make all the suitors swear an oath to protect Helen and the man she married. The suitors agreed and thus accepted Menelaus when he was chosen to be Helen's husband.
To show his gratitude, Tyndareus helped Odysseus win the hand of his niece Penelope, with whom the young hero had fallen in love. The couple returned to Ithaca, and Penelope bore Odysseus a son named Telemachus.
When the Trojan War began, Odysseus tried to avoid participating.
An oracle had told him that if he went to war, he would be away for 20 years and would return a beggar. So Odysseus pretended to be mad and sowed his fields with salt instead of seeds. When officials came to fetch him, they suspected a trick so they placed the infant Telemachus in the field.
Odysseus stopped the plow to avoid killing the child, something a madman would not have done. According to the Iliad, Odysseus's role in the Trojan War was mainly as an adviser and speaker rather than as a warrior. When a go-between was needed to settle quarrels between Agamemnon and Achilles, Odysseus stepped in.The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (The Myths) - Kindle edition by Margaret Atwood.
Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (The Myths). Ten years have passed since the fall of Troy, and the Greek hero Odysseus still has not returned to his kingdom in Ithaca.
A large and rowdy mob of suitors who have overrun Odysseus’s palace and pillaged his land continue to court his wife, Penelope. She has remained faithful to Odysseus.
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Hades was the eldest son of Cronus and Rhea, although the last son regurgitated by his father. He and his brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, defeated their father's generation of gods, the.
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