pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style.
a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events.
Calypso seduces Odysseus to stay with her on her island as a love slave for seven years. She's super hot, so he doesn't put up a fight. Finally, he gets bored and starts to think that maybe his wife will want to see him, so he asks Athena to help him "escape". Athena sends Hermes, who's basically the god who runs errands, to go tell Calypso to release Odysseus. She tries to get him to stay by telling him that she'll make him immortal. But he knows he should go home. So as a result she lets him go and gives him a raft to float on.
I Am Laertes’ Son
Odysseus, son of Laertes, begins telling of his hard journey to King Alcinous on the island of Phaeacia. Before he was washed ashore to the island of Phaeacia, Odysseus has lost all his men on boats. He is the only one to survive the harsh journey, but yet, he is not home. Poseidon makes it tough for Odysseus to reach home in Ithaca. When Odysseus is washed ashore on the island of Phaeacia, a women that works for the king discovers Odysseus and takes him to bathe, feed, and cloth. Then when Odysseus eats with King Alcinous during the festival, he tells him who he is and begins his story of why he hasn't returned home for ten years.
Circe was a goddess and of a sorceress who lived on the island of Aeaea. She transformed her enemies or those who offended her into animals. In the Odyssey she laced the food with which she fed the crew with one of her potions and turned them all into pigs with a wand. All except Eurylochus who escaped to warn Odysseus and the rest of the crew who had stayed behind her treachery. When Odysseus set out to rescue his men he was intercepted by Hermes who told him to use the herb to protect him from Circe’s potions. He made Circe swear by her gods that she would not take his manhood. They were lovers for 5 years and later she helped him return home.
Odysseus and his men then land on the Island of the Cyclopes. They search the island for food and gifts and eventually come to an abandoned cave. They wait for the owner of the cave to come home. The owner of the cave is a one-eyed Cyclops named Polyphemus. Rather than treating his guests to gifts and food, Polyphemus eats Odysseus' men. The door to the cave is covered by a great rock and Odysseus and his men are trapped. The Cyclops asks Odysseus his name and he tells him that it is Nohbody. Odysseus then offers some wine for the Cyclops to wash down his crewmen. The Cyclops then gets drunk and Odysseus and his men put his plan into action. Odysseus and his men sharpen a wooden pole and burn the tip to make it hard and sharp. Then, while Polyphemus is sleeping, they drive the pole into his eyeball. Polyphemus screams in pain and calls to his brothers telling them that "Nohbody has hurt him." The brothers, assuming that nothing is wrong, go home. Odysseus ties each of his men to one of Polyphemus sheep. He then grabs hold of the underside of the largest ram and waits until morning when Polyphemus lets his sheep out to graze. The next morning Odysseus and his men sneak past the Cyclops underneath the sheep and then run to the ship when they get outside....