There is no literary work in the entire history of Western culture so influential as Homer’s Odyssey. Created, probably, in the 8th century before Christ, this masterpiece is an ode to the family. It describes the ten years journey which Odysseus (in Roman culture known as Ulysses) had to undertake until he could re-meet his faithful and beloved wife, Penelope.
From a spiritual point of view, The Odyssey can be understood as a symbolic metaphor which describes the extremely dangerous journey of the mind navigating the tumultuous waters of the fallen nature in search of the heart. Under the veil of different monsters and dark creatures, all the major temptations and vices are allegorically described in this true Encyclopedia of the ancient Greek spirit.
If the other masterpiece of Homer the blind bard, Iliad, is an epic poem about the greatness and madness of war, this unexpected gift from the ancient Greek world shows us that any warrior always longs in the depths of his heart for the peace and tranquility of a happy home.
- Author: Hómēros (~ 8th – 7th century BC)
- Original title: Ὀδύσσεια, Odýsseia
- Original language: Attic Greek
- Genre: Epic poem
- The period of creation: ~ 8th – 7th century BC
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- Public: Adults, teenagers