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Adventures of Odysseus

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Battleships. On the grid provided, children plot each of the seven obstacles in the story (Polyphemus, Poseidon, the Laestrogonians, Circe, The Sirens, Scylla, Helios). They then pair up for a game of Ancient Greek battleships, where they choose coordinates at which to fire thunderbolts to destroy their opponent’s obstacles. So when I realized I wanted to know more about Odysseus (because greek mythology is really rad), i immediately went to the children's section of the library. This is a great re-telling of the Odyssey by the blind poet, Homer. I love how this abridged version of the Odyssey is pretty simple, but very informative and perfect for the age it is written for. In this book, kids learn more about the Ancient Greek culture through the fabulous illustrations and the enlightening text. The illustrations are awesome.

Odysseus and the Cyclops - BBC Teach 7. Odysseus and the Cyclops - BBC Teach

The war and his troubles at sea keep Odysseus away from his home, Ithaca, for twenty years. In his absence, his son, Telemachus, has grown into a man, and his wife, Penelope, is besieged by suitors who assume Odysseus is dead. Penelope remains faithful to Odysseus, but the suitors feast at her house all day and live off her supplies. She holds them off by promising to marry after she finishes weaving a shroud for Laertes, Odysseus’s father. Every night she secretly undoes the day’s work, leaving the job perpetually unfinished. One day, near the end of Odysseus’s voyage, the suitors discover Penelope’s ruse and become more dangerously insistent. She put on a huge feast for them, but had drugged the food, so that half of the crew were turned into pigs. Odysseus had been warned what Circe might do and ate some special herbs that stopped her magic. Odysseus, known for his intelligence and cunning, sets to thinking of a plan. Somehow they must make the Cyclops open up the cave...Now, this doesn't mean the story isn't enjoyable or worth reading; it's the adventures of Odysseus after all! As mentioned all the various aspects of the story have been included. The authors have kept the violence of the original in place and while not inappropriately graphic at all it certainly is not for the squeamish as the cyclopes bashes a man's brains against a wall then pops him in his mouth, for example. However, on the other hand, the sensuous nature of the original has been left out all together and is perfectly clean for all ages. If the Iliad has given Western culture a model of heroic warfare, with mores of bravery, strength, and honor, the Odyssey has provided something else entirely. It isnot an epicof social and political communities and relationships, but an epic portrayal of one man over the course of many years. As such, it is a closer ancestor to artistic forms more familiar to us, such as the novel or film. Even the word odyssey itself has entered the language, meaning a long wandering, voyage, or quest. While the Iliad is often characterized in terms of its grandeur and stately glory, the Odyssey, a far more seductive tale, has drawn readers by virtue of its sheer, engaging delight. Athena’s anger subsides and her old affection for Odysseus renews, so she decides to set things right. While Poseidon, still angry with Odysseus, is away from Olympus, she convinces the other gods to help Odysseus return home. In disguise in Ithaca, she convinces Telemachus to search for his father. Telemachus goes to Pylos, the home of Nestor, who sends him to Menelaus in Sparta. Menelaus says he has captured Proteus, the shape-shifting sea god, who says Odysseus is being held prisoner of love by the sea nymph Calypso.

Adventures of Odysseus Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug. 2010 Adventures of Odysseus Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug. 2010

Odysseus has fascinated generations of writers, from Dante to James Joyce. He is perhaps the most complex and, in a way, modern character of all of Greek literature. His motivations are many, which makes us relate to him and believe his experience of emotion. It is not as easy to relate to Achilles, half-divine and invulnerable aside from his heel, or Agamemnon, willing to sacrifice his daughter based on a prophet’s advice and a vow he has made. Odysseus is more human and practical-minded, relying on his own sharp wits rather than trusting himself to divine aid, as other characters do. Please note that the animation includes depictions of violence from Greek mythology. We advise watching before sharing with your class. SynopsisThe Greek king of Ithaca, Odysseus, was called upon to fight against Troy in the Trojan War. After the war, Odysseus and his soldiers sailed for Ithaca. But, when they moor at a strange island, and blind the giant cyclops Polyphemus, Odysseus shouts his name during bloating to the monster about who blinded it. The cyclops curses Odysseus and his crew. Polyphemus’ father, the god of the sea, Poseidon, then makes it extremely trying for Odysseus and his crew. Most of the crew die. Will Odysseus and his men every see home again? Odysseus offered the Cyclops some delicious wine he had carried from the ship. The Cyclops drank it in one gulp…then collapsed to the floor, asleep. It was very, very strong wine. My Year 4 placement class are studying this this term and I have really enjoyed reading it. I usually find Greek myths hard to follow - particularly in terms of remembering all of the unfamiliar names and place names - but this version of Homer's Odyssey is cleverly abridged and brings the story to life in a way that is accessible for children.

The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton | Goodreads The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton | Goodreads

Look at a map of Greece and the surrounding islands and sea. Explain that pupils will learn about a famous journey from Troy (believed to have been on the north west coast of Turkey) to Ithaca, a Greek Island. Ask children to locate both on a map and to consider the route Odysseus may have taken. After watching the videoThe Trojan wars had ended. Odysseus, Greek hero and the King of Ithaca, was desperate to return home to his wife, Penelope, and their son Telemachus, who he had not seen for ten long years. Odysseus then landed the ship on the island of Thrinacia where the hungry crew found a herd of cattle and slaughtered them for food. Oh dear! The cattle belonged to Helios - God of the sun. Oops! Escape plan! Children must imagine they are Odysseus who is charged with advising other travellers of the dangers of the journey. They must choose one of the threats in the story and write a set of instructions to help travellers escape the danger. They could use Odysseus’ own escape methods or devise one of their own.

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