His name is pronounced o-DISS-ee-oos? The New York city of Ithaca, home of Cornell University, took its name from the isle of Ithaca, birthplace of Odysseus in The Odyssey? Yes, Odysseus and Ulysses are the same guy: Odysseus is his name in the original Greek, Ulysses the rendering in Latin and English? His father is Laertes, king of Ithaca, and his son (who was a mere infant when Odysseus left for Troy) is named Telemachus? Before marrying Penelope, Odysseus had unsuccessfully wooed Helen of Troy? Some ancient stories say that Odysseus not only hid in the Trojan Horse, but thought up the whole idea himself? Homer?s The Iliad and The Odyssey are often mentioned in the same breath; The Iliad tells the tale of Achilles and the Trojan War, The Odyssey of Odysseus?s return.
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