The Odyssey by Homer

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One of the most famous works from the early Greek era is Homer's The Odyssey, an epic story that has been a significant piece of literature since it was first composed and will remain so for ages to come. It details the journey home of a war hero, Odysseus. Set in ancient Greece, The Odyssey is about the hero Odysseus' long-awaited return from the Trojan War to his homeland, Ithaca, after ten years of wandering. The current action of The Odyssey occupies the last six weeks of the ten years, and the narrative includes many places. In The Odyssey, Odysseus narrates the story of his travels in the years after the fall of Troy. Also, The Odyssey coincides with many people throughout the journey.

Odysseus, the son of Laertes, is also the King of Ithaca. As an epic hero, he is a very respected figure for his intelligence in battle, rather than muscle.

People think of Odysseus as a man that is clever and a great warrior due to the fact that in the Trojan War, he had an idea to present a wooden horse to the Trojans as a peace offering. The Trojans brought the horse into their town when they fell asleep. The Greeks hiding inside the horse arose and attacked the people of Troy which helped win the war for the Greeks. After the Trojan War, the gods and goddesses made Odysseus' journey home as hard as possible.

Penelope is the wife of the main character, Odysseus, with whom she has one son by the name of Telemachus. Penelope waits twenty years for her husbands long awaited return from the Trojan War. During the time, she has difficulty refusing many marriage proposals from many different suitors. When Odysseus finally returns home, he is told...