Greek-Gods.Info- Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece
First Gods Olympian Gods Demigods & Spirits Monsters Greek Heroes Ancient Greece Ancient Theatre Games
Last Update: 07 Mar 2021


Odysseus, the cunning hero of the Trojan War

Odysseus was a hero of the Trojan War and the main character in Homer's Epos, the "Odyssey"

The Hero Odysseus

Odysseus, according to the Greek sagas, was one of the most cunning but also clever heroes of the Trojan War. He is the main character in Homer's epic poem, the "Odyssey" and is also mentioned in his epic poem "Iliad" as a companion of Agamemnon.

Family of Odysseus

Detail of Odysseus by Joachim von SandrartParents: Laertes, king of Ithaca, and his wife Anticlea.
Wife: Penelope
Children: Telemachus

Odysseus and the Trojan War

Odysseus was a Greek hero who became famous for his participation in the Trojan War. He initially refused to participate and feigned insanity. Only when the hero Palamedes threatened to kill his son Telemachus with a sword did Odysseus reveal his sanity and finally agree to participate.

'The Burning of Troy'-Painting by Johann Georg TrautmannOdysseus embarked for Troy, knowing that the oracle prophesied that he would see his family again after a long time.Soon the oracle would prove to be correct - the Greek heroes had achieved victory over Troy, but the gods were unhappy with their arrogant attitude and decided to punish them.Mbr/>
Odysseus, in particular, was sent on a long, perilous journey that lasted ten years, during which he had to endure numerous adventures in stormy seas and hostile lands before finally reaching his home, the island of Ithaca.

It is said that the feats of Odysseus are rather allegorical, symbolizing the extremes of exertion to which man is prepared to go in order to attain his ends.

Roman name: Ulysses

Greek Mythology from A to Z »

© Copyright 2021 All rights reserved