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The Odyssey Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach The Odyssey by Homer.

  • The Odyssey Summary & Study Guide
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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 60 Short Essay Questions
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The Odyssey Summary

Plot Summary

The Odyssey is an ancient Greek epic telling the story of the hero Odysseus’ journey home from the Trojan War. He battles monsters and magic, loses all his men, is shipwrecked, and finally washed up on the demi-goddess Calypso’s shore. She keeps him with her for years before the gods intervene. He tells his story to the Phaeacians, who then take him to his home on Ithaca. He fights the suitors who have invaded his home and is finally reunited with his family.

The story begins with a council of the gods, where it is decided to order Calypso to let Odysseus go. Hermes, the messenger god, takes the message, and Calypso helps the hero to build a raft.

On Ithaca, Odysseus’ home has been invaded by suitors who want to marry his wife. It has been twenty years since Odysseus left to go to war, but...

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