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Odysseus (Ulysses)

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Odysseus, King of Ithaca, was the craftiest of all the Greek heroes. He could definitely kick butt when butt needed kicking, but he had a real knack for persuasion and trickery. Odysseus's quick wits were on full display throughout the Trojan War. And during his long journey home (which we know all about thanks to Homer), Odysseus time and again used his sharp wits and silver tongue to escape danger after danger. You might criticize Odysseus's less than straightforward methods, but for the wily King of Ithaca, the ends always justify the means.

Basic Information

Name

Odysseus

Nickname

Wily Odysseus, Mr. Sneaky Pants

Sex

Male

Current city

Elysium, the Underworld

Work & Education

Occupation

Intelligent Hero
Creative Problem Solver

Education

Hermes' Academy of Cunning and Guile

Beliefs

Political views

I support whoever is advantageous at the time

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Anticlea (Mom) 
Laertes (Dad)

Children

Telemachus (with Penelope)
(and maybe some others…)

Friends

Athena
Agamemnon (sort of)
Menelaus (sort of)

Enemies

Poseidon
Polyphemus
The Sirens
Scylla

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Penelope
Flings with Circe and Calypso (oops)

Favorites

TV Shows

Battlestar Galactica

Quotations

"The bold are helpless without cleverness."
– Euripides

"The height of cleverness is being able to conceal it."
– Francois de la Rochefoucauld

"Homeward bound
I wish I was
Homeward bound
Home, where my thought's escaping
Home, where my music's playing
Home, where my love lies waiting
Silently for me"
– Simon and Garfunkel

"We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves."
– Blaise Pascal

Books

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift 
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost 
On the Road by Jack Kerouac 
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis 
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Life of Pi by Yann Martel 
"Dream-Land" by Edgar Allan Poe 
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Ulysses by James Joyce 
The Iliad by Homer 
The Odyssey by Homer (duh) 

Music

Sloop John B by the Beach Boys 
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 
Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside 
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2 
Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel 
Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show 
Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell 
Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver 

Movies

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey 
Cast Away 
Thor 
Spirited Away 
Forrest Gump 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 

Activities & Interests

Likes

Cruise Ships
Homecoming
April Fools Day
Poker
Chess Tournaments
Masquerades

Interests

Diplomacy
Strategery
Epic Adventure
Underworld Exploration

Groups

Chess Players of the World
Underworld Explorers
Puzzle Solvers
Masters of Disguise