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GODS AND HEROES

You have all heard the story about the legendary Odysseus, king of Ithaca. He is probably the best known hero in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Legend goes that it took Odysseus twenty years to return to Ithaca – ten fighting the Trojan War and another ten for the journey back home. During all these years, his wife Penelope stayed faithful until they finally reunited. Odysseus reasserted his place as the rightful king of Ithaca after all the years of travails trying to return home. This is how Odysseus described Ithaca: I am Odysseus, son of Laertes, known to the world for every kind of craft – my fame has reached the skies. Sunny Ithaca is my home. Atop her stands our seamark, Mount Neriton’s leafy ridges shimmering in the wind. Around her a ring of islands circle side-by-side, Doulichion, Same, wooded Zacynthos too, but mine lies low and away, the farthest out to sea, rearing into the western dusk while the others face the east and breaking day. (Odyssey book IX, trans. Robert Fagles) This epic …