Odyssey – Famous Ancient Greek Epic Written by Homer

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Odyssey is one of the famous ancient greek epic written by homer. I think that it was really interesting. Before maam conte taught us the story of odyssey im looking forward to it. Maybe, because ive got curios when i read the iliad. it such a great thing that we/i can watch some scene in history of the greeks. for me who really like knowing about greeks god and goddesses was happy about the movie. I see that the greek epic was indeed rich in culture. In this movie i can have an idea of what happens before. ts a good thing that there’s a movie like this . it really help us students because i think that we can much more understand the odyssey if were actually watching it eventhough that the teacher already taught it . it seems that the students not only enjoying watching it but the same time learning. moreover, I can say that The Odyssey is an enjoyable story following King Odysseus’ adventures during the ten years he spent returning from the Trojan War to Ithaca, Greece.

There were many differences between this version in movie of The Odyssey and Homer’s original story. In the movie they include the facts that encounters with Sirens, Laestrygonians, Lotus Eaters, and cattle of Helios are omitted. Though, I understand that it is not totally true to Homer’s Odyssey but that it is close enough to present an entertaining version of the story. unfortunately sometimes i had a problem in understanding what they are saying due to the fact that there’s no subtitle and they have some accent in speaking that makes it more hard.

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Finally, i can said that the movie is filled with adventure, romance and humor and that it should please anyone who loves mythology or who wants to understand Homer’s text better like me. As such, he can be potentially viewed as a special creation in which Homer, the “singer” of The Odyssey has inserted a character that might represent himself. Some of the themes of the song of “Ares dalliance with Aphrodite”(299), recapitulate in miniature the certain major themes of the longer epic.

The sense of entrapment and danger, the sense of adventure, the sense of illicit love, the sense of enticing women, the sense of the power of the gods, the sense of questing all appear in the song and are all major themes in the epic itself. Most interesting of all, however, is the idea of the blind minstrel with incredible knowledge who pleases Odysseus with his tale. Demodokos is Homer’s indirect tribute to himself, but Homer slyly plays with the reader’s perceptions of Demodokos with the ensuing reaction to the song. ” Essay on The Oddessey

The Odyssey tells of the adventures of Odysseus. After fighting ten years in the Trojan War, the story tells it took Odysseus ten more years to reach home, in Ithaca, and his wife, Penelope. The Odyssey begins describing the current circumstances. The Trojan War is over, and all of the survivors are home except one: Odysseus. He is at the Nymph Calypso’s island, detained for she wishes him to marry her. All of the gods felt sorry for him, except Poseidon. Poseidon is in Eithiopia, however, and the rest of the gods hold a meeting where Athena brings up poor Odysseus.

The gods come to the conclusion to rescue Odysseus from Calypso, even though Poseidon holds a grudge and wishes to keep him there. The gods send a messenger, Hermes, to tell Calypso to release Odysseus. Zeus instructs Hermes to tell Calypso that she is to let Odysseus go. Odysseus shall not have the help of gods or any men. He must build his own boat, and then after twenty days at sea, he shall reach the land of the Phaeacians. The Phaeacians will help him on his final journey to his homeland.

Meanwhile, Athena goes to Odysseus’s home in Ithaca to visit Odysseus’s son, Telemachus. Many suitors were there, trying to win the hand in marriage of Penelope, Telemachus’s mother and Odysseus’s wife. These many suitors had eaten Telemachus out of house and home. Athena arrives in the form of Mentor, a Taphian chief. Very generously, Telemachus invites Athena in. After they introduce themselves and Telemachus explains how the suitors have been living off of him, Athena puts Telemachus in his place.

Athena explains to Telemachus that he needs to rid his house of the suitors, tell Penelope to return to her father’s house if she wishes to be wed, and to take his best ship and twenty of his best men on a journey. She tells him to go to Pylos and talk to Nestor, then to Sparta to see Menelaus. If Telemachus learns that his father is alive, then he should keep looking. If he learns that Odysseus is dead, then Telemachus is to send his mother, Penelope, home to her father and build Odysseus a mound with the proper funeral rites.

The next day, Telemachus leaves with Athena, disguised as Mentor. They see Nestor, but he is unable to give them any help. Athena, still disguised as Mentor, leaves and Peisitratus, son of Nestor, takes her place. The two men then go to see Menelaus. Menelaus tells them that Calypso is holding Odysseus captive. The suitors, at Telemachus’s house in Ithaca, learn that Telemachus has left and plan to ambush him on his way home. Hermes reaches Ogygia, the home of Calypso. She welcomes him

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