In Homer's "The Odyssey," Helios is the god of the sun who keeps herds of oxen and sheep on the island of Sicily. Odysseus' companions steal the oxen and eat them. A furious Helios asks Zeus to punish the men, so Zeus de... More »

Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ulysses" retells the story of Ulysses and his final sea voyage from Homer's "The Odyssey" and from Dante's "Inferno," in which the ill-fated Ulysses ends up in the Underworld. The poem also serves... More »

"Man of twists and turns," "much suffering" and "master mariner" are all epithets of Odysseus found in the "Odyssey" by Homer. In this epic Greek poem, Homer recounts numerous epithets for Odysseus as well as for the oth... 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 »

The invocation is the first paragraph of "The Odyssey," where Homer is pleading with a Muse to help guide his words to tell the tale of Odysseus, the last Greek survivor of the Trojan War that has not made his way home o... 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 » Art & Literature Literature Classics

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 »