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Odysseus
(2,574 words)

(Ὀδυσσεύς, Latin Ulixes, Etruscan utuze).

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I. Mythology

Son of Laertes and Anticlea, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus. One of the central figures of Greek mythology; in Homer's Odyssey, the focus of a major Archaic epic. This fact alone indicates the significance of the figure of  O., which contrasts with the other figures of Greek heroic myth through the emphasis on special intellectual abilities. Thus, he represents an archetype in the history of Europ…

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Visser, Edzard (Basle) and Bäbler, Balbina (Göttingen), “Odysseus”, 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 05 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e828400>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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