A Math Adventure Summary of The Odyssey
The mythical gods, goddesses, and villains of ancient Greece have been causing trouble for humans for thousands of years. Take the recent tales of Percy Jackson, for example – being the human-born son of the god of the sea, Poseidon, hasn’t been very easy for him! Those mythical creatures really like to meddle in the lives of humans – and so it has been for a very long time.
We’re going to travel back in time, 3,000 years ago, when those villains and gods and goddesses decided to make things really difficult for another descendant of the gods, a man named Odysseus, great-grandson of the god Hermes.
Odysseus was a clever and brave man, king of a Greek island called Ithaca. His friends asked for his help in fighting a war, so Odysseus and his crew left Ithaca and sailed across the seas, to a Greek city called Troy. After many years, Odysseus and his friends finally won the Trojan War.
Odysseus could finally return to Ithaca and see his island, his wife Penelope, his children, and his faithful dog Argos again! The men boarded their ships to return to their home.
Unfortunately, the sea god Poseidon had been rooting for the other side in the Trojan War, and held a grudge against Odysseus for winning it. He decided to make Odysseus’s journey as hard as possible, using storms, whirlpools, mystical creatures, and more – and that’s when things got really interesting. Odysseus and his crew had many amazing adventures along the way.
The Odyssey is the epic tale of Odysseus’s adventures during this ten-year journey home. Will you join us and help Odysseus finally get back home?