The Odyssey is the second of two epic poems attributed to the classical Greek poet, Homer. Historical and archaeological evidence supports the theory that Homer wrote the Odyssey sometime near the end of the eighth century B.C. in the ancient Greek coastal region of Anatolia, now a part of Turkey.
The Odyssey acts as the sequel of Homer's earlier epic, the Iliad, which described the outcome of the Trojan War. During the Odyssey, the Greek war hero Odysseus travels home to Ithaca from Troy, a journey that takes 10 years. During this journey, his countrymen presume that he has died. His faithful wife Penelope must, with the aid of her son Telemachus, fend off an increasingly unruly group of suitors seeking her hand in marriage.