Odysseus with the nymph Calypso
The hero Odysseus endured many grave troubles, many formidable dangers, returning from Troy to Ithaca. He lost all his companions on the way, they all died, none of them were spared by evil fate. After long wanderings, Odysseus ended up on the island of Ogygia with the nymph Calypso. For seven long years, Odysseus had to languish with the mighty sorceress Calypso. It was the eighth year. Odysseus yearned for his native Ithaca and for his family, he begged to let him go to his homeland, but Calypso did not let him go. Finally, the Olympian gods took pity on Odysseus. At the meeting of the gods, Zeus, at the request of his daughter, the goddess Athena-Pallas, decided to return Odysseus to his homeland, despite the fact that the god of the sea Poseidon pursued Odysseus everywhere on the sea, angry at him for blinding the Cyclops Polyphemus, son of Poseidon.