The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths) and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres (Greek: Μνηστῆρες) or Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage.
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Before Gandalf had recruited his first hobbit or a single drop of Stark blood was spilled in pursuit of the Iron Throne, Odysseus was fighting gods and men in a heroic quest to reunite with his family and reclaim his rightful place as king of Ithaca. What strikes us most about this epic-to-lead-all-epics—written thousands of years ago—is just how effectively it still satisfies our thirst for gory action, high-stakes drama and supernatural elements. It turns out a good story never goes stale; The Odyssey is just as exciting, inspiring and entertaining today as when Greek author Homer first shared it.
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