The Odyssey (1977)







The Odyssey is the tale coming after The Iliad.  

The Iliad is thought to have been written by Homer, the supreme poet of ancient Greece.  The Iliad recounts the events occurring in the last year of the Trojan War. Greek hero Achilles, having been insulted by his commander-in-chief Agamemnon, withdraws from the war, leaving his fellow Greeks to suffer terrible defeats at the hands of the Trojans.

Achilles rejects the Greeks' attempts at reconciliation, but he finally relents enough to allow his companion Patroclus to lead his troops in his place. Patroclus is slain, and Achilles, filled with fury and remorse.  Achilles kills the Trojan leader, Hector (son of King Priam). He then the Hector's corpse to Priam for burial.

The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus's long, difficult journey home from the Trojan War. It takes Odysseus ten years to get back home.  Along the way he has to face the man-eating giant Polyphemus and the goddess Calypso, who offers him immortality if he will abandon his quest for home.

While Odysseus was away a gang of suitors were grabbing his property and trying to woo his wife Penelope. Odysseus arrives home to Ithaca and, disguised as a beggar, tests the loyalty of his servants.  He then carries out a bloody revenge on Penelope's suitors, and is reunited with his family.


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