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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. The name Odysseus means hate, sorrow, anger in Greek Book 1, line 1 "the man of twists and turns" Book 1, line 24 "the great Odysseus" Book 1, lines 78-9, spoken by Zeus "Great Odysseus, who excels all men in wisdom" Book 1, line 99, spoken by Athena "wise Odysseus" Book 1, line 254 by Telemachus "the most unlucky mortal ever born" Book 2, line 194 "mastermind of battle" Book 2, line 261, spoken by Mentor "that godlike man" Book 4, line 13, spoken by Athena "that godlike man" Book 3, line 93 "great-hearted king Odysseus" Book 3, line 106 "that man was born for pain" Book 4, line 364 – "that man was born for pain" Book 3, line 181 "the flexible, wily king" Book 4, line 121 "in suffering for that man" Book 4, line 282 "the crafty one kept dodging" Book 4, line 16 "lionhearted husband" Book 5, line 234 "man of exploits" Book 6, line 131, addressing himself "man of misery" Book 7, line 157 "a man who'd borne so much" Book 7, line 165 "the man of many struggles" Book 8, line 3 "raider of cities" Book 8, line 179 Odysseus says "he's suffered much already" Book 9, line 1 "great teller of tales" Book 10, line 366 Circe calls him "man of twists and turns" Book 10, line 502 Circe calls him "man of action" Book 10, line 538, Circe calls him "old campaigner" Book 10 , line 554 , Circe says he is "born for exploits" Book 11, line 66 by Elpenor "old campaigner" Book 11, line 102-3, by Tiresias "master of exploits, man of pains" Book 11, line 230, by Anticlea "my shining Odysseus" Book 11, line 247, by Anticlea "the unluckiest man alive" Book 11, line 428 "man of countless exploits" Book 11, line 458, by Agamemnon "mastermind of war" Book 11, line 536, by Achilles "man of tactics" Book 11, line 708 by Heracles "Odysseus famed for exploits" Book 13, line 101 "bearing a man with the god's own wisdom" Book 13, line 227 "man of misery" Book 13, line 285 "that great exile" Book 13, line 331-2, from Athena "terrible man, foxy, ingenious, never tired of twists and tricks" Book 13, line 354 "cool tactician" Book 13, line 429 from Athena "old campaigner" Book 14, line 219 "the great teller of tales" Book 14, line 509-10 "Odysseus, raider of cities"