Odysseus
Kaitlyn K., Bryanne S., Darrian C., Zach C., Mason R.
4th and 7th


ODYSSEUS
Background information:

Odysseus was the king of Ithaca; he was husband of Penelope; he was also the father of Telemachus, and the son of Laertes and Anticlea. Odysseus is renowned for his guile and resourcefulness, and is hence known by the epithet Odysseus the cunning. He is most famous for the ten eventful years he took to return home after the ten-year Trojen War and his famous Trojen Horse trick. Laertes and Anticlea were not his true parents, though there is belief that his birth father was named Sisyphus. Odysseus is said to have a younger sister as well. Her name was Ctimene, who went to Same to ne married and is mentioned by the swineherd Eumaeus, whim she grew up alongside. Odysseus was one of the most influential Greek champions during the Trojen War. Along with Nestor and Idomeneus he was one of the most trusted counsellors and advisers. He always championed the Achaean cause, especially when the king was in question, as in one instance when Thersites spoke against him. When Agamemnon, to test the morale of the Achaeans, announced his intentions to depart Troy, Odyddeus restored order to the Greek camp. Later on, after many of the heroes had left the battlefield due to injuries, Odysseus once again persuaded Agamemnon not to withdraw. Along with two other envoys, he was chosen on the failed embassy to try to persuade Achilles to return to combat. When Hector proposed a single combat duel, Odysseus was one of the Danaans who reluctantly volunteered to battle him. Telamonian Ajax, however, was the volunteer who eventually did fight Hector. Odysseus aided Diomedes during the successful night operation in order to kill Rhesus, because it had been foretold that if his horses drank from the Scamander river, Troy could not be taken. After Patroclus had been slain, it was Odysseus who counselled Achilles to let the Achaean men eat and rest rather than follow his rage-driven desire to go back on the offensive; kill Trojens emmediatley. Eventually, he consented. During the funeral games for Patroclus, Odysseus became involved in a wrestling match with Telamonian Ajax, as well as a foot race. With the help of the goddess Athena, who favoured him, and despite Apollo's helping another of the competitors, he won the race and managed to draw the wrestling match, to the surprise of all.Odysseus has traditionally been viewed in the lliad as Achilles's antithesis: while Achilles's anger is all-consuming and of a self-destructive nature, Odysseus is frequently viewed as a man of the mean, renowned for his self-restraint and diplomatic skills. He is more conventionally viewed as the antithesis of Telamonian Ajax because the latter has only brawn to recommend him, while Odysseus is not only ingenious, but an eloquent speaker, a skill perhaps best demonstrated in the embassy to Achilles in book 9 of the lliad. And the pair are not only foils on the abstract but often opposed in practice; they have many duels and run-ins.



Special Talents:
Odysseus was an oracle of the Greeks, otherwise known as the Mycaneans.


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This is the cyclops, Polyphemus, that Odysseus had blinded.

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This is the centinial boar that Odysseus's father hunted for years.

























Weaknesses:
Odysseus's greatest weakness was his pride. Odysseus believed that he had so little pride, but in reality, he had much of it.
His first act of this weakness was taken place when he taunts the cyclops named 'polyphemus' after blinding him. he was then cursed by poseidon.
His second weakness was his curiosity. This was proven in an act when they explored a cyclops cave. they wanted to find a way out, but odysseus had another idea. He decided to go deeper in the cave when they encountered a cyclops. The cyclops had
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Myth

How Odysseus became a hero and a Greek myth is many things he did in his life. The most famous one is where he blinded and killed Poseidon's cyclops son, Polyphemus. Poseidon got mad over his death and he tried to kill Odysseus when he was at sea. Odysseus lived but unfortunately his crew died. Another thing that help Odysseus became a Greek hero is when he came up with the Trojan horse plan. The final one I know when he found a cannibal race that uses spells to lure their victims in. Odysseus managed to resist their spells and escape with the help of Hermes, the trickster god. Odysseus became king of Ithaca, settled and married Penelope and died happily.




POEM



Odysseus was a problem solver wise and clever;protected by Athena, Goddess of wisdom forever

Helen was his choice for a wife but he wed her cousin, Penelope for life

They had one son of who he did love

When Palamedes came to have him join the troops Odysseus acted crazily and moved fields with plow he did shove

To prove he wasn't a crazy man Palamedes placed his son in the plow's way

This made Odysseus mad and vowed revenge one day

Odysseus buried the King's Gold under Palamede's tent

The King convicted Palamedes and death was intent

During a journey Odysseus convinced greek Heroes to hide inside the trojan house

Wherever he went there was a real adventure of course!











References

www.answers.com
www.wikipedia.com
www.thanasis.com
www.enotes.com/odysseus