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The Odyssey. The Odyssey Background Info There will be a quiz over this information  It is an epic poem.  An epic is a long, narrative poem that tells.

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1 The Odyssey

2 The Odyssey Background Info There will be a quiz over this information  It is an epic poem.  An epic is a long, narrative poem that tells the adventures of heroes.

3 A blind poet wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey. They are the two most famous epic poems composed by him. They were written between B.C. Homer

4 The Iliad The Iliad details the ten year Trojan War Between the Trojans and the Greeks over the kidnapping of Helen, the Queen of Greece, by Paris, the Prince of Troy. The Iliad is also known as a war epic.

5 The Odyssey The Odyssey details the ten year journey by Odysseus, a Trojan War hero. He is returning to his home of Ithaca. His story is known as a journey epic.   His wife is Penelope.   His son is Telemachus.   He thought of the wooden horse trick.   He is considered a hero.   He is King of Ithaca.   He has hubris, a the tragic flaw. It is “the sin of too much pride”.

6 The Trojan Horse A.K.A.: ”The wooden horse trick” Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

7 Types of People in Greece Humans-“Ordinary people on earth” Heroes-Special class or aristocrats located between gods and humans Gods-Believed to cause certain events in the world; people needed a reason for things happening in their lives. Rhapsodes-”Singers of tales”; they were historians and entertainers as well as the myth-makers of their time

8 Myths… are stories that use fantasy to express ideas about that ideas about life that cannot be expressed easily in realistic terms.

9 Mt. Olympus “Media Res” Mt. Olympus -Home of the gods and goddesses “Media Res” -Latin phrase that means the narrator begins the tale in the “middle of things” As the story begins, Telemachus is 20 years old, threatened by opposing forces at home, and seeking his father. Odysseus is stranded on an island trying to find his way home; it has been 20 years since he left Ithaca.


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