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The Odyssey (; Ancient Greek: Ὀδύσσεια, romanized: Odýsseia, Attic Greek: [o.dýs.seː.a]) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is one of the oldest extant works of literature still widely read by modern audiences. As with the Iliad, the poem is divided into 24 books. It follows the Greek hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the Trojan War. After the war, which lasted ten years, his journey lasted for ten additional years, during which time he encountered many perils and all his crew mates were killed. In his absence, Odysseus was assumed dead, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus had to contend with a group of unruly suitors who were competing for Penelope's hand in marriage.

The Odyssey was originally composed in Homeric Greek in around the 8th or 7th century BCE and, by the mid-6th century BCE, had become part of the Greek literary canon. In antiquity, Homer's authorship of the poem was not questioned, but contemporary scholarship predominantly assumes that the Iliad and the Odyssey were composed independently and that the stories formed as part of a long oral tradition. Given widespread illiteracy, the poem was performed by an aoidos or rhapsode and was more likely to be heard than read.

Crucial themes in the poem include the ideas of nostos (νόστος; "return"), wandering, xenia (ξενία; "guest-friendship"), testing, and omens. Scholars still reflect on the narrative significance of certain groups in the poem, such as women and slaves, who have a more prominent role in the epic than in many other works of ancient literature. This focus is especially remarkable when contrasted with the Iliad, which centres the exploits of soldiers and kings during the Trojan War.

The Odyssey is regarded as one of the most significant works of the Western canon. The first English translation of the Odyssey was in the 16th century. Adaptations and re-imaginings continue to be produced across a wide variety of media. In 2018, when BBC Culture polled experts around the world to find literature's most enduring narrative, the Odyssey topped the list.

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April 13, 2022

‘Imaginary Playgrounds’: Kikagaku Moyo’s Psych-Rock Odyssey

These five Tokyo musicians have spent the past 10 years refining their heady, retro-flavored sound. Now, they’re saying goodbye on their own terms

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December 6, 2021

Steve Jordan on Touring With the Stones: ‘It Was Like Being Strapped to a Rocket Ship’

The drummer has been playing with Keith Richards for the past 35 years, but he never imagined he'd be called in to tour with the Rolling Stones. He opens up about the just-completed run and his new Beat Odyssey team-up with Mix Master Mike

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September 1, 2021

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s son’s band Ultra Q share new single ‘Bowman’

The song is a nod to '2001: A Space Odyssey' The post Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s son’s band Ultra Q share new single ‘Bowman’ appeared first on NME.

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Summer Fairy Tales

August 9, 2022

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Children of the Night

April 18, 2022

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Paradise

April 17, 2022

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New York City (Twin Sun Remix)

August 13, 2021

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New York City (Sunset Mix)

August 6, 2021

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New York City

May 6, 2021

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Loving You

December 28, 2020

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Duppy

December 28, 2020

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10320 Freestyle

November 24, 2020

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Kurt Cobain

September 22, 2020

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Swing & Bounce

September 7, 2020

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I Feel The Fire

July 31, 2020

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Moonlight

July 16, 2020

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The Odyssey Chronicles

June 1, 2020

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Mix 2020

April 16, 2020

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Native New Yorker (Billboard Hot 100 - No 21)

December 20, 2018

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Joy (I Know It) [UK Chart Top 100 - No. 51]

December 20, 2018

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It Will Be Alright (UK Chart Top 100 - No. 43)

December 20, 2018

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Hang Together (UK Chart Top 40 - No. 36)

December 20, 2018

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The Essential Odyssey

January 5, 2018

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The Journey Continues

July 7, 2017

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Odyssey (Megamix)

December 9, 2016

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Classic Moments (Re-Recording)

June 18, 2015

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Odyssey Greatest Hits

March 10, 2015

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Soul Masters: Odyssey

March 10, 2015

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Harry's Brown Bread / My Child

August 8, 2014

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Together EP

July 14, 2014

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Get To Work / Subconscious Impulse

June 16, 2014

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Native New Yorker

September 3, 2012

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Weekend & Inside Out

July 9, 2012

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Use It up and Wear It Out

March 9, 2012

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Going Back to My Roots

March 9, 2012

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Return Flight

December 12, 2011

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(Joy) I Know It - EP

October 18, 2011

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(Joy) I Know It / Laughing And Smiling

October 11, 2011

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Inside Out

July 25, 2011

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Legacy

June 20, 2011

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Peace For The Children

June 24, 2008

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Joy

July 1, 2007

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Dance Vault Mixes - Native New Yorker

April 18, 2006

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Wheel of Love

January 1, 2004

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Use it Up and Wear it Out (UK Chart Top 40 - No. 1)

January 1, 1997

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Inside Out (UK Chart Top 40 - No. 3)

January 1, 1997

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If You're Looking for a Way Out (UK Chart Top 40 - No. 6)

January 1, 1997

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Going Back to My Roots (UK Chart Top 40 - No. 4)

January 1, 1997

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Happy Together (Expanded Edition)

May 1, 1982

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I Got the Melody (Expanded Edition)

May 1, 1981

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Hang Together (Expanded Edition)

March 1, 1980

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Hollywood Party Tonight (Expanded Edition)

September 1, 1978

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Odyssey (Expanded Edition)

January 1, 1977

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Odyssey

September 28, 1972

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I Am the Walrus

January 1, 1967

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