Gods Who Helped Odysseus on his Journey Home

Gods Who Helped Odysseus on his Journey Home

First, one of the Gods to help Odysseus on his journey home is Circe. Circe is the “great and cunning goddess who is own sister to the magician Aeetes” (Homer 105). One example of how Circe helps Odysseus is by housing him. Once Odysseus and his men reach Circe's island, they have no knowledge of where they are. When Odysseus' men find Circe's home she shows her hospitality right away. Therefore, it is clear that Circe assists Odysseus on his journey home by taking care of him in her home. Another example is when Circe let's Odysseus know that “[He] must go to the house of Hades and of dread Persephone to consult the ghost of the blind prophet Teiresias” (Homer 112). Odysseus has to go to the house of Hades and speak to Teiresias so he can show Odysseus the way home to Ithaca and tell him what to watch out for. It is clear that Circe helps Odysseus overcome his journey due to giving him that advice of going to the house of Hades and consulting Teiresias about his voyage home. If Circe would have not helped Odysseus, then he would have never reached Ithaca because he would have had no knowledge of what path to take.

Second, another God to assist Odysseus on his journey home is Hermes. Hermes is the messenger God, “the bringer of luck” (Homer 84). One example of how Hermes assists Odysseus on his voyage home is by warning him about Circe's enchantments and giving Odysseus an herb to protect him from her witchcraft. Hermes lets Odysseus know that Circe “will mix a potion for [him] to drink, and she will drug the meal with which she makes it” (Homer 108). Hermes then gives Odysseus an herb that protects him from Circe's witchcraft and potions. With this object is is clear that Hermes assists Odysseus due to the warning and herb that he gives Odysseus. Another example of how Hermes helps Odysseus on his voyage home is by consulting Calypso about letting Odysseus go. Hermes, sent by Zeus tells Calypso “that [she] are to let [Odysseus] go at once […] and shall return to his house and country” (Homer 55). After Calypso hears this she is raged, but she has no choice but to let Odysseus go. By consulting Calypso and telling her that she must let Odysseus go, it is clear that Hermes assists Odysseus on his voyage home. As a result of Hermes' help Odysseus is able to get home.

Finally, the battle-proud goddess that helps Odysseus is bright-eyed, Athena. She being Odysseus' guardian, helps him much through his troubles and toils. An example of her helping Odysseus is when Athena reunites Odysseus with his son, Telemachus, whom he has not seen in twenty years. Athena intercepts both Odysseus and Telemachus whom were on their own journeys as well.

The three immortals of Hermes, Circe, and Athena, aid Odysseus in returning home. They do so by using powers that they contain in order to return home and claim back Odysseus' wife. The Gods and Goddesses aid him because they have sympathy and pity for the poor, lost, and continual suffering man. A man lost without home or family in today's world might not have as much luck as Odysseus. Today's lost man will struggle greatly because people in today's world are cruel and rude. Suffering in both world's can be related by loss which leads to sadness and misery. The reunion of Odysseus with his son, wife, and kingdom demonstrates the power and will and completes journey of The Odyssey and earns the title, epic poem, one of the greatest ancient pieces of work.