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Calypso
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(Καλυψώ; Kalypsṓ, ‘salvager’, ‘rescuer’; Lat. Calypso). The entire C. myth can be traced back to the ‘Odyssey’ [1. 115] (Hom. Od. 1.50ff.; 5.55ff.; 7.244ff.; 12.447ff.; 23.333ff.): C., goddess and nymph, daughter of  Atlas [2] (only Hyg. Fab. praef. 16 mentions her mother  Pleïone), lives with maidservants on the island of  Ogygia. C. takes in  Odysseus who has been drifting on the sea for nine days (Hom. Od. 7,253ff.), makes him her lover and tries to win him over by tempting him with the promise of immortality [2. 29ff.; 3. 100ff.…

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Dräger, Paul (Trier), “Calypso”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 26 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e607560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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