CliffsNotes on Homer's The Odyssey

CliffsNotes on Homer's The Odyssey

CliffsNotes on Homer's The Odyssey

CliffsNotes on Homer's The Odyssey

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Introduction

After an invocation to the Muse of poetry, the epic begins in medias res (“in the middle of things”). Odysseus has been gone from Ithaca for about 20 years — the first 10 spent fighting the Trojan War, the last 10 trying to get home.

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