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Who Was Odysseus?
Odysseus is considered to be one of the greatest Greek warriors of all time. Odysseus is the mastermind behind the fall of Troy. After the fall of Troy, Odysseus set out on an adventure that would take ten years before the Gods would let him return to his island of Ithaca. Strength, bravery and intelligence are three words that describe this man.

Odysseus shows his strength by defeating his enemies. During Odysseus’ many adventures while trying to get back to his home of Ithaca, he is able to defeat all of his enemies and escape with his life. Odysseus also shows his strength by dressing up as a beggar and defeating the suitors who were trying to court his wife, by shooting an arrow through twelve axes on the floor. “Odysseus in one motion strung the bow. Then slid his right hand down the cord and plucked it, so the taut gut vibrating hummed and sang a swallow’s note.” It took a lot of physical strength to do this. Odysseus has most of his strength from the Gods because they favor him.

Odysseus is not afraid of anyone or anything. He passed by Scylla, the monster with six heads, without being killed even though six of his men were killed. He faces another monster named Charybdis who creates a whirlpool and tries to suck his ship in but Odysseus makes it passed her too: “No, hug the cliff of Scylla, take your ship through on a racing stroke. Better to mourn six men than lose them all, and the ship, to.” Odysseus is the only mortal to hear the song of the Sirens and live to tell about it.

Odysseus demonstrates his intelligence associated with his name. Odysseus is the cleverest ancient Greek hero because his guardian is Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Odysseus goes to the island of the Cyclops. Poseidon’s one-eyed monster son named Polyphemus, trapped Odysseus and some of his men in a cave. After eating six of Odysseus’ men, Odysseus came up with a plan to escape by stabbing Polyphermus in the...

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