The Odyssey

where is odysseus when we first see him and what is he doing?

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Odysseus is first mentioned in Book V by Athena, who describes him as "...lying in great pain in an island where dwells the nymph Calypso, who will not let him go;". Zeus, who is guilted into action by his daughter Athena (who is a partisan of Odysseus) then sends his messenger, the god Hermes, to Calypso's island to free Odysseus. Calypso goes out to the shore, and this is where Odysseus first actually appears,

...Calypso went out to look for Odysseus, for she had heard Zeus' message. She found him sitting upon the beach with his eyes ever filled with tears, and dying of sheer home sickness; for he had got tired of Calypso, and though he was forced to sleep with her in the cave by night, it was she, not he, that would have it so. As for the day time, he spent it on the rocks and on the sea shore, weeping, crying aloud for his despair, and always looking out upon the sea.

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Odysseus is first mentioned in Book V by Athena, who describes him as "...lying in great pain in an island where dwells the nymph Calypso, who will not let him go;". Zeus, who is guilted into action by his daughter Athena (who is a partisan of Odysseus) then sends his messenger, the god Hermes, to Calypso's island to free Odysseus. Calypso goes out to the shore, and this is where Odysseus first actually appears,

...Calypso went out to look for Odysseus, for she had heard Zeus' message. She found him sitting upon the beach with his eyes ever filled with tears, and dying of sheer home sickness; for he had got tired of Calypso, and though he was forced to sleep with her in the cave by night, it was she, not he, that would have it so. As for the day time, he spent it on the rocks and on the sea shore, weeping, crying aloud for his despair, and always looking out upon the sea.