The Odyssey

Another anonymous avenger, another shoot-out

Another anonymous avenger

Finishing my series of articles on Troy, Wilusa, the Trojan War, and the Epic Cycle, I’ve also put online a summary of the Odyssey. There’s no need to tell much about Homer‘s famous story, which is essentially the ancient equivalent of our western movies. A mysterious foreigner arrives and appears to be up to something (revenge); there’s a flashback; there’s a pretty girl surrounded by evil man; and there’s a shoot-out.

Thirty-seven years ago, when I was a boy scout of seven years old, one of our leaders told the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops, including the joke “My name is Nobody”. This was the moment that the classics entered my life: the beginning of a love affair that may perhaps last another thirty-seven years.


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