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Calypso
Abode Ogygia
Parents Atlas and Tethys
Children Nausithous and Nausinous.

Calypso (Greek: Καλυψώ Kalypsō) was a sea nymph in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of the Titan Atlas, and is also known as Atlantis (Ατλαντίς[1]) in ancient Greek. Her mother was Tethys.[2] Calypso was confined to the island of Ogygia for supporting her father and the Titans during the Titanomachy.

Role in the Odyssey

Calypso is remembered most for her role in Homer's Odyssey, in which she imprisons the fabled Greek hero Odysseus on her island in order to make him her immortal husband. Calypso kept Odysseus hostage at Ogygia for seven years. Odysseus, however, wants to return home to his beloved wife Penelope. His patron goddess Athena asks Zeus to order the release of Odysseus from the island, and Zeus compels Calypso to set Odysseus free. Calypso attempts suicide, but she is unable to do so because she is immortal.

According to Hesiod, Calypso bore Odysseus two children, Nausithous and Nausinous.

The island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago has a long tradition that links it with the mythical figure of Calypso.

References

  1. ^ "Atlantis" means the daughter of Atlas. See entry Ατλαντίς in Liddell & Scott. See also Hesiod, Theogony, 938.
  2. ^ Turner, Patricia; Charles Russell Coulter (2001). Dictionary of Ancient Deities. Oxford University Press US. pp. 114. ISBN 0195145046. 

External links

Wikisource-logo.svg "Calypso". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911. 

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