Homer's use of similes in "The Odyssey" creates vivid images in the minds of readers. Although similar in structure to other similes, Homeric, or epic, similes are several lines in length. They usually compare two differ... More »

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An example of an epic simile in "The Odyssey" by Homer is, "as a blacksmith plunges a glowing axe or adze / in an ice-cold bath and the metal screeches steam / and its temper hardens €” that's the iron's strength €” / so... More »

Homeric similes can be found throughout the Greek epic poem "The Iliad." Homeric similes usually compare events, people or objects, and they are usually detailed, containing several lines. More »

In Homer's "The Odyssey," Athena helps Odysseus after he escaped from Calypso's island and guides him along his journey. Because Athena is patron goddess of heroes, it is her job to protect Odysseus from danger. More »

In the "Odyssey," Eurycleia is a servant in the household of Odysseus who took care of both him and his son, Telemachus, during their childhood days. During Odysseus' absence, Eurycleia serves the role of the confidant f... More »

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 centu... More »

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The Odyssey has many different archetypes that are still relevant in literature, film art, and theater. Some of the archetypes include the trickster, the mentor, the temptress and the underworld archetype. More »