The Odyssey | Study Guide

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Overview

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Author

Homer

Years Written

c. 725-675 BCE

Type

Epic poem

Genre

Adventure

Perspective and Narrator

The Odyssey is told in the third-person omniscient perspective. The narrator is Homer, although within his narration Odysseus tells his own story in first person in Books 9-12.

Tense

The Odyssey is told in the past tense and includes flashbacks.

About the Title

The Odyssey refers to the story of its main character, Odysseus (Ulysses in Latin). The word has come to mean any long journey full of adventures, especially one with an intellectual or spiritual goal.

Summary

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