Odysseus

In Greek mythology, Odysseus is the king of Ithaca and one of the Greek commanders during the Trojan War. A trickster, Odysseus eventually came up with the ruse of the wooden horse by which Troy was captured. The story of his return home is the subject of Homer’s epic poem Odyssey.

Odysseus the foreigner

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Odysseus the foreigner

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With headlines again filled with stories of immigrant abuse and immigration in the United States, it is worth taking a look back at one of the most famous “foreigners” from the ancient world: Odysseus.

The modern Odysseus

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The modern Odysseus

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Odysseus’ performs many ill-deeds on his twenty-year journey from Ithaca to Troy and back again. In the modern world, we are often enraptured by the details of his journey, but we can also be deeply ambivalent about the complicated man himself.

The blinding of Polyphemus

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The blinding of Polyphemus

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A scene on an amphora from Eleusis, near Athens, is the earliest representation of the blinding of Polyphemus by Odysseus and his men.

Odysseus the jerk

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Odysseus the jerk

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While modern audiences tend to be sympathetic towards the trickster hero Odysseus, a closer look reveals him to be a terrible person.

Symphony X's Odyssey

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Symphony X's Odyssey

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American heavy metal band Symphony X wrote an epic song inspired by the Homer’s The Odyssey.