17 Facts About Odyssey


Odyssey was originally composed in Homeric Greek in around the 8th or 7th century BCE and, by the mid-6th century BCE, had become part of the Greek literary canon.

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Odyssey is regarded as one of the most significant works of the Western canon.

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Odyssey offers her hospitality, and they observe the suitors dining rowdily while Phemius, the bard, performs a narrative poem for them.

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Odyssey's is ordered to release him by the messenger god Hermes, who has been sent by Zeus in response to Athena's plea.

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Odyssey's encourages him to seek the hospitality of her parents, Arete and Alcinous.

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Odyssey's turned half of his men into swine with drugged cheese and wine.

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Odyssey told his sailors not to untie him as it would only make him drown himself.

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Odyssey finds his way to the hut of one of his own slaves, swineherd Eumaeus, who treats him hospitably and speaks favorably of Odysseus.

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Odyssey is ridiculed by the suitors in his own home, especially Antinous.

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Odyssey's is hesitant but recognizes him when he mentions that he made their bed from an olive tree still rooted to the ground.

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The Telegony aside, the last 548 lines of the Odyssey, corresponding to Book 24, are believed by many scholars to have been added by a slightly later poet.

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Iliad and the Odyssey were widely copied and used as school texts in lands where the Greek language was spoken throughout antiquity.

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Iliad and the Odyssey remained widely studied and used as school texts in the Byzantine Empire during the Middle Ages.

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The first printed edition of the Odyssey, known as the editio princeps, was produced in 1488 by the Greek scholar Demetrios Chalkokondyles, who had been born in Athens and had studied in Constantinople.

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Odyssey's edition was printed in Milan by a Greek printer named Antonios Damilas.

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Since the late 19th century, many papyri containing fragments of the Odyssey have been found in Egypt, some with content different from later medieval versions.

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Ulysses, a re-telling of the Odyssey set in Dublin, is divided into 18 sections which can be mapped roughly onto the 24 books of the Odyssey.

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