- king of Ithaca; son of Laertes; one of the heroes of the Iliad and protagonist of the Odyssey: shrewdest of the Greek leaders in the Trojan War.
Examples from the Web for odysseus
Odysseus ordered his men to stuff their ears with beeswax as they rowed by.
When Odysseus journeyed back from Troy, his men tied him to the mast of his ship when the Sirens tempted him to leave it.
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So all night long Odysseus took thought how they might possibly escape.
She knew him then for her husband Odysseus, come home at last.
Moreover, every one thought or said that King Odysseus must be dead.
With this word in his mind, Odysseus departed and came once more to Aeaea.
Last of all, Odysseus begged leave to try, and was laughed to scorn.
- Greek myth one of the foremost of the Greek heroes at the siege of Troy, noted for his courage and ingenuity. His return to his kingdom of Ithaca was fraught with adventures in which he lost all his companions and he was acknowledged by his wife Penelope only after killing her suitorsRoman name: Ulysses
Word Origin and History for odysseus
king of Ithaca, from Greek Odysseus (Latin Ulysses), of unknown origin, perhaps related to odyssasthai "to be grieved at, be angry at."
A Greek hero in the Trojan War (see also Trojan War). Odysseus helped bring about the fall of Troy by conceiving the ruse of the Trojan horse. After Troy was ruined, Odysseus wandered for ten years trying to return home, having many adventures along the way. (See Circe, Cyclops, Penelope, Scylla and Charybdis, and Sirens.)