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Odysseus

[oh-dis-ee-uh s, oh-dis-yoos] /oʊˈdɪs i əs, oʊˈdɪs yus/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
king of Ithaca; son of Laertes; one of the heroes of the Iliad and protagonist of the Odyssey: shrewdest of the Greek leaders in the Trojan War.
Latin Ulysses.
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Odysseus

/əˈdiːsɪəs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) one of the foremost of the Greek heroes at the siege of Troy, noted for his courage and ingenuity. His return to his kingdom of Ithaca was fraught with adventures in which he lost all his companions and he was acknowledged by his wife Penelope only after killing her suitors Roman name Ulysses
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Word Origin and History for Odysseus

king of Ithaca, from Greek Odysseus (Latin Ulysses), of unknown origin, perhaps related to odyssasthai "to be grieved at, be angry at."

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Odysseus in Culture
Odysseus [(oh-dis-yoohs, oh-dis-ee-uhs)]

[Roman name Ulysses]

A Greek hero in the Trojan War. Odysseus helped bring about the fall of Troy by conceiving the ruse of the Trojan horse. After Troy was ruined, Odysseus wandered for ten years trying to return home, having many adventures along the way. (See Circe, Cyclops, Penelope, Scylla and Charybdis, and Sirens.)

Note: The story of Odysseus' journey home is told in the Odyssey of Homer. By extension, an “odyssey” is any long or difficult journey or transformation.
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