In its origin, The Odyssey was an oral epic poem from Mycenaean Greece, about the 11th century BC. The hero of the poem is Odysseus, or Ulysses as he is called in Latin. This is the story about Odysseus’s ten-year-long voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. At the same time, his wife Penelope has to fight off a lot of men who want to marry her; and his son Telemachus searches for him.
The Odyssey is regarded as one of the most important foundational works of western literature, a timeless classic. Many authors have composed creative reworkings of the poem, often updated to address contemporary themes and concerns.