The story began as tales that Richard Adams told his young daughters Juliet and Rosamond during long car journeys. As he explained inhe "began telling the story of the rabbits After some delay he began writing in the evenings and completed it 18 months later.
Some have supposed that "there may originally have been two separate figures, one called something like Odysseus, the other something like Ulixes, who were combined into one complex personality.
The etymology of the name is unknown. In Book 19 of the Odyssey, where Odysseus' early childhood is recounted, Euryclea asks the boy's grandfather Autolycus to name him. In the Iliad and Odyssey there are several further epithets used to describe Odysseus.
It has also been suggested that the name is of non-Greek origin, possibly not even Indo-Europeanwith an unknown etymology. Beekes has suggested a Pre-Greek origin. Hence, Odysseus was the great-grandson of the Olympian god Hermes. According to the Iliad and Odyssey, his father is Laertes  and his mother Anticleaalthough there was a non-Homeric tradition   that Sisyphus was his true father.
Two stories in particular are well known: When Helen is abducted, Menelaus calls upon the other suitors to honour their oaths and help him to retrieve her, an attempt that leads to the Trojan War. Odysseus tries to avoid it by feigning lunacy, as an oracle had prophesied a long-delayed return home for him if he went.
He hooks a donkey and an ox to his plow as they have different stride lengths, hindering the efficiency of the plow and some modern sources add starts sowing his fields with salt. Palamedesat the behest of Menelaus' brother Agamemnonseeks to disprove Odysseus' madness and places TelemachusOdysseus' infant son, in front of the plow.
Odysseus veers the plow away from his son, thus exposing his stratagem. Odysseus and other envoys of Agamemnon travel to Scyros to recruit Achilles because of a prophecy that Troy could not be taken without him. By most accounts, ThetisAchilles' mother, disguises the youth as a woman to hide him from the recruiters because an oracle had predicted that Achilles would either live a long uneventful life or achieve everlasting glory while dying young.
Odysseus cleverly discovers which among the women before him is Achilles when the youth is the only one of them to show interest in examining the weapons hidden among an array of adornment gifts for the daughters of their host. Odysseus arranges further for the sounding of a battle horn, which prompts Achilles to clutch a weapon and show his trained disposition.
With his disguise foiled, he is exposed and joins Agamemnon's call to arms among the Hellenes. Along with Nestor and Idomeneus he is one of the most trusted counsellors and advisors. He always champions the Achaean cause, especially when others question Agamemnon's command, as in one instance when Thersites speaks against him.
When Agamemnon, to test the morale of the Achaeans, announces his intentions to depart Troy, Odysseus restores order to the Greek camp. Along with two other envoys, he is chosen in the failed embassy to try to persuade Achilles to return to combat. Telamonian Ajaxhowever, is the volunteer who eventually fights Hector.
Odysseus aids Diomedes during the night operations to kill Rhesusbecause it had been foretold that if his horses drank from the Scamander RiverTroy could not be taken.
Eventually and reluctantlyhe consents. During the funeral games for PatroclusOdysseus becomes involved in a wrestling match and foot race with Ajax "The Lesser," son of Oileus. With the help of the goddess Athenawho favored him, and despite Apollo 's helping another of the competitors, he wins the race and draws the wrestling match, to the surprise of all.
He is also in some respects antithetical to Telamonian Ajax Shakespeare's "beef-witted" Ajax: The two are not only foils in the abstract but often opposed in practice since they have many duels and run-ins.
Odysseus discovered Achilles by offering gifts, adornments and musical instruments as well as weapons, to the king's daughters, and then having his companions imitate the noises of an enemy's attack on the island most notably, making a blast of a trumpet heardwhich prompted Achilles to reveal himself by picking a weapon to fight back, and together they departed for the Trojan War.
English translations of Homer Jump to This is a list of English translations of the main works attributed to Homer, the Iliad and Odyssey. Translations are ordered chronologically by date of first publication, with first lines often provided to illustrate the style of the translation. Named a Best Book of by NPR, Library Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and Newsday A Kirkus Best Memoir of Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize From award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost: a deeply moving tale of a father and son's transformative journey in reading--and reliving--Homer's epic . THE ODYSSEY TRANSLATED BY Robert Fagles. Book I Athena Inspires the Prince Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy. Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds.
According to some, Odysseus never forgives Palamedes for unmasking his feigned madness and plays a part in his downfall. One tradition says Odysseus convinces a Trojan captive to write a letter pretending to be from Palamedes. A sum of gold is mentioned to have been sent as a reward for Palamedes' treachery.
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