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Odysseus is the legendary Greek king of Ithaca and also the prominent hero of Homer’s poem – the Odyssey. He is also mentioned in the Iliad and other important works in the Epic Cycle.

Odysseus – king of Ithaca – was also the husband of Penelope and the father of Telemachus, Laertes, and Anticlea. He was most renowned for his resourcefulness and was often called Odysseus the Cunning. What made him truly famous were the many years it took for him to return home from the Trojan War. According to stories it took him ten long years to return.

Odysseus did not wish to fight in the Trojan War – but he was bound by duty and he fought heroically. In fact he was the brilliant soldier who came up with the Trojan horse strategy – which became the downfall of Troy. It took Odysseus ten long years to return home after the Trojan War and those years were full of heartache and misfortune.

He managed to free him soldiers from the drugs that gave them pleasure and were given to them by the ‘Lotus-Eaters’, he rescued them from the Cyclopes (cannibals), and also from the evil enchantments of Circe. He made his way through the underworld and while he was in the land of the dead Hades permitted his mother (Thiresias) and father (Ajax) to offer him advice. This advice helped him on his journey home as he faced even more perils.