How Is Odysseus an Archetypal Hero?

The protagonist of Homer's "Odyssey," Odysseus, is an archetypal hero both spiritually and physically, being strong, virtuous and intelligent. He is an authoritative and noble leader and, despite his travels and ordeals, maintains a strong loyalty to his family and home. In physical terms, his role as a classic or archetypal hero is illustrated by his adventures, through which he wins glory, or "kleos."