RE: Discussion questions – The Odyssey, Book 1: What is Olympus? Who meets there
- What is Olympus? Who meets there?
- What type of system of morality does Zeus invoke?
- Who is Telemachus? How old is he?
- Why does Athena mention Orestes to Telelmachus?
- Who is Odysseus and what has happened to him?
- What is happening to Penelope during Odysseus’ absence?
- Why is Poseidon angry?
Who is Odysseus and what has happened to him?
From Homer’s epic poetry Odysseus is depicted as smart, strong, attractive, brave, beloved by the gods hero of the Ancient Greece, king of Ithaca. He spends 10 years trying to get back home to Ithaca after the Greeks win the Trojan War. By the way we even can call the Odyssey is a sequel to Homer’s Iliad, a poem about the decade-long Trojan War. The extraordinary length of Odysseus’ return trip, which should take a matter of weeks, is due to his many antagonists, including the god Poseidon, the many mythical creatures he encounters, and Odysseus’ often greedy and lazy crewmen.