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The Wine Red Sea:  Journeys of Odysseus
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Naming Odysseus

Odysseus is a man of many attributes and names.  Listed below are some of the name given to him in the poem. Book 14, line 553 "Odysseus, full of tactics" Book 16, line 188 from Athena "Odysseus, old campaigner" Book 16, line 210 "long enduring, great Odysseus" Book 17, line 122 "strong, enduring Odysseus" Book 18. line 144 "the one who knew the world" Book 18, line 403 "Odysseus, raider of cities" Book 18, line 414 "Odysseus, master of many exploits" Book 19, line 112 "Odysseus sat, man of many trials" Book 19, line 112 "Odysseus, master of craft" Book 19, line 130 "I am a man who'd had his share of sorrows" Book 19, line 185 "the master improviser" Book 19, line 254 "Odysseus, the great master of subtlety" Book 19, line 300 "the man of craft" Book 19, line 463-4 "let his name be Odysseus. . . the Son of Pain, a name he'll earn in full" Book 19, line 563 "the cool tactician" Book 19, line 656 and 661 "man of exploits" Book 20, line 36, from Athena "the unluckiest man alive" Book 20, line 39 "the wily fighter" Book 20, line 46 from Athena "impossible man" Book 20, line 185 "the crafty man" Book 20, line 201 "the wily one" Book 20, line 366 from Agelaus "that great, deep man" Book 20, line 414 "great and strong as a god" Book 21, line 306 – "the king of craft" Book 21, line 451 "mastermind in action" Book 22, line 1 "Odysseus, master of craft and battle" Book 22, line 34 "the wily fighter Odysseus" Book 22, line 123 and 211 "mastermind of war" Book 22, line 171 "wily captain" Book 22, line 178 "master of tactics" Book 23, line 85, from Eurycleia "crafty rascal" Book 23, line 146 "master of tactics" Book 24, line 129, from Agamemnon "Odysseus, raider of cities" Book 24, line 184 "the soul of cunning" Book 24, line 210, from Agamemnon "Happy Odysseus," this is the first time Odysseus is referred to as being happy Book 24, line 212 "mastermind" Book 24, line 257 "long-enduring Odysseus" Book 24, line 324 from Laertes "that most unlucky man" Book 24, line 595 from Athena "master of exploits"