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Odysseus as a Greek Epic HeroWhen you think about Greek Epic heroes Odysseus will most likely come to mind Odysseus is the main character in Homer s poem The Odyssey The Odyssey is a narrative poem that describes Odysseus adventures and obstacles in his quest to return home to Ithaca where he is king from the Trojan war Odysseus has been gone for two decades All the other chieftains have returned home However Odysseus wherabouts are unknown One of the things that makes Odysseus a Greek hero is that he is favored by the gods In the Odyssey the gods help Odysseus many times When Poseidon struck Odysseus ship with lightning Odysseus was able to survive because a goddess named Ino gave him a magical cloak The cloak prevents Odysseus from drowning When Odysseus men are turned into swine by Circe Hermes the messenger god gives Odysseus a magical herb that prevents Circe from using her spells on him Due to this Odysseus was able to gain favor in Circe s eyes and he convinced her to turn his men back to normal Towards the end of the book when Odysseus returns to Ithica Athena disguises him as a beggar The disguise was to fool the suiters who are eating Odysseus out of his home and are harassing his wife Penelope and to get Odysseus access to the palace The ancient Greeks used to say that a true hero must show respect to the gods by giving them sacrifices and praying to them Odysseus gives sacrifices to the gods in many instances inThe Odyssey When Odysseus goes to Hades the underworld he sacrifices a ram and a ewe to the gods When Odysseus defeats Polyphemus the Cyclops who is the son of Poseidon the god of the sea Odysseus gives sacrifices to the gods Lastly when Odysseus defeats those horrible suiters that outnumbered him by so much Odysseus realizes that it was the gods
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