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No Place Like Home Page 1
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Our Long Journey Home Page 4
Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ A Page FromMatt’s Bookshelf
I, like many people, read parts of “The Odyssey” throughout my life for school assignments and the like. It wasn’t until I did my Year of
Odysseus has to deal with a man-eating cyclops, giant sea monsters, sirens, and a sorceress who turns his crew into pigs. No matter what
the Greeks in 2017 that I sat down and read “The Odyssey” from start to finish. There’s a reason this story has survived as a staple of literature for thousands of years. Recently, I decided to reread “The Odyssey” again because it’s just really cool. If you need a refresher, “The Odyssey” is an epic poem from ancient Greece written by the poet Homer. It follows the story of Odysseus, one of the heroes of the Trojan War, which Homer also wrote about in “The Iliad.” After the war, Odysseus and his crew sail back to his home in Ithaca. The trip should have only taken them a couple of weeks, but Odysseus runs into all these obstacles that keep him at sea for 10 years.
gets thrown at him, Odysseus keeps going. It’s not all hardships, mind you. At one point, Odysseus is offered immortality and a chance to live on a tropical paradise, but he turns it down. He wants to get home to his wife and son so badly that he’ll do whatever it takes. What makes “The Odyssey” such an enduring story is Odysseus’ humanity. That intense desire to find and return home is something we can all relate to. We want to find our home, on a physical level and a spiritual one. This mortal life is our journey to get back home. After 2,800 years, “The Odyssey” is still compelling because we’re still trying to find our way back home. Ultimately, Odysseus does make it back home, but his trials aren’t over yet. There’s another major obstacle left to deal with, but I won’t tell you about that part. You’ll have to read it for yourself.
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