Calypso





In Greek mythology, Calypso was either a goddess or an ocean nymph, who inhabited a mythical island called Ogygia. Calypso appeared in the Odyssey, the Greek epic that describes the wanderings of Odysseus* on his way home from the Trojan War*. Although accounts vary, Calypso was apparently the daughter of a Titan, possibly of Atlas.

nymph minor goddess of nature, usually represented as young and beautiful

epic long poem about legendary or historical heroes, written in a grand style

Titan one of a family of giants who ruled the earth until overthrown by the Greek gods of Olympus

When Odysseus was shipwrecked and washed up on the shore of Ogygia during his voyage home, Calypso fell in love with him. She kept him on the island for seven years and offered him eternal life and youth if he would remain with her forever. However, Odysseus

This Greek vase painting from the 400s B.C. illustrates an episode from the story of the Greek hero Odysseus. Returning home from the Trojan War, Odysseus was shipwrecked on an island where the nymph Calypso lived.
This Greek vase painting from the 400s B . C . illustrates an episode from the story of the Greek hero Odysseus. Returning home from the Trojan War, Odysseus was shipwrecked on an island where the nymph Calypso lived.

* See Names and Places at the end of this volume for further information.

yearned to return home to see his wife, from whom he had been separated for a long time. Zeus* took pity on the hero and sent Hermes* with an order for Calypso to release him. She agreed and gave Odysseus supplies for his voyage. Legend says that she bore him at least one son.

See also Odysseus ; Odyssey, the ; Titans .



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Mar 29, 2011 @ 5:05 am
what realy happened to calypso after the disparture of odysseus.
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May 28, 2011 @ 11:11 am
Which Black actress portrayed Calypso in a biblical movie? was it Lena Horne or Leslie Uggams or Dianne Carrol which Calypso held Odysseus for 7yrs before releasing him by order of the geat god Zeus. I saw a movie once where there was a black actress portrayed Calypso,is there a photo of this and the actress name that did this part?.

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