Greek Hero: Odysseus

The heroes of Greek myth are more than human, yet less than gods. However, using their supernatural powers for protection and war, they are and were praised as religious symbols, giving them a demigod-like status. Many of the prominent Greek heroes such as Achilles and Odysseus were involved in the famous Trojan War, in which the Achaeans (Greeks) waged war on the city of Troy after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta.

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Odysseus is the hero of Homer's Odyssey, the king of Ithaca, a great warrior of the Trojan War and an inspirational speaker. Odysseus was the son of Leartes and Anticlea, husband of Penelope and father to Telemachus. Odysseus is perhaps best known for his part in the Trojan War, yet initially when Menelaus called upon him to aid in the retrieval of Helen, he feigned lunacy as a prophecy had suggested that if he went to war, the journey home would be delayed...

Agamemnon (a commander during the Trojan War) soon disproved Odysseus' madness, and the Greek armies set sail for Troy. The war raged on for ten years and neither side claimed the victory, so Odysseus crafted a plan that would end it once and for all. They Greeks hid their ships and made out as if they had given up, leaving a giant wooden horse on the beach as some sort of peace offering. The Trojans hauled this colossal horse into Troy and celebrated their supposed victory. However, that night with most of the Trojans drunk, a few Greeks emerged silently from a trap door built into the horse and opened the gates of Troy, this allowed the rest of the Greek army (who had sailed back under the cover of darkness) to enter and destroy the city, ending the ten year war in a few hours. The journey home fulfilled the prophecy, it took around ten years and was full of challenges, before finally making it home to reign as the king of Ithaca.