Homer’s 8th century BCE oral narrative of a warrior’s decades-long quest to return home defines epic poetry. Together with its companion poem The Iliad, The Odyssey describes the action and aftermath of the Trojan Wars, and is the model for the heroic quest. Read a character analysis of Odysseus, plot summary, and important quotes.

Summary

Read our full plot summary and analysis of The Odyssey, chapter by chapter break-downs, and more.

Characters

See a complete list of the characters in The Odyssey and in-depth analyses of Odysseus, Telemachus, Penelope, Athena, Calypso, and Circe.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in The Odyssey, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.

Quotes

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Quizzes

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Essays

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Further Study

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