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The Odyssey is an epic composed by Homer an early Greek storyteller This epic was the basis for Greek and Roman education Epics are long poems marked by adventure The main character in an epic is an epic hero The epic hero is a figure of great stature and may be a character from history or legend The main character in this epic is Odysseus Odysseus is on a quest to find his home after a war Odysseus is the epic hero An epic hero exhibits great leadership qualities One of these qualities is having aplomb in critical times This is exemplified when Odysseus is trapped in the cave of Cyclops a giant one-eyed monster The Cyclops puts a stone unmovable by Odysseus and his men in front of the entrance to the cave While most men would have lost their composure Odysseus remains calm and rational He thinks of a brilliant way to escape the cave of the Cyclops in a time of tension Odysseus referring to an olive tree says I hewed it again to make a stake with a pointed end He carves an olive tree into a stake as a weapon against the Cyclops This also demonstrates Odysseus resourcefulness which is another leadership quality Odysseus comes up with a way to escape the cave with very little available He hides under the bellies of sheep from the Cyclops as they leave to escape the cave Odysseus resourcefulness helps him escape from the giant Cyclops Another leadership quality that Odysseus holds is cleverness He uses his cleverness often on his voyage In one particular instance he uses his ingenuity to trick the Cyclops He tricks the Cyclops by telling the Cyclops that his name is Nohbdy After Odysseus pops the eye of the Cyclops the other Cyclops arrive The Cyclops says to the Cyclopes Nohbdys tricked me Nohbdys ruined me The Cyclopes reply Ah well if nobody has played you foul there
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