“The Odyssey” Homer

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Author: Homer
Genre: Epic poetry
Publisher: Demetrios Chalkokondyles
Published: 1488
Formed: 8th century BCE

“The Odyssey”


The film director, Stanley Kubrick decided to use the title “2001: A Space Odyssey” for his movie after “The Odyssey,” an ancient Greek literature.

Kubrick mentioned that Greeks must have felt the same mystery and remoteness in the vast stretches of the sea, which people of today feel toward space.

“The Odyssey” is one of the most well known epic poems from ancient Greece. It’s said to be the work by Homer from the 8th century BCE. The story had been transmitted orally through many generations. Demetrios Chalkokondyles, the Athens’ scholar, published “The Odyssey” in printed form for the first time in 1488.


The story follows the 10 year journey of Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, going back home after the Trojan War. Odysseus faces a series of difficulties and he loses all soldiers. Odysseus is deemed dead although his wife Penelope and son Telemachus wait for his return. For the meantime, Penelope gets approached by more than 100 men, who make marriage proposals.

Odysseus comes back to his home of Ithaca secretly, pretends like a beggar and finds out what’s been happening around his family. Penelope organises an archery competition for the suitors with help of Athena. Odysseus hides his identity and participates in it. Odysseus wins the competition with ease, and slaughters all the suitors.

Penelope has remained loyal to her husband over 2 decades. Odysseus tells his wife and father of his return. Ithaca finally regains peaceful days again.

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