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The Best Adventure Poems: 'The Odyssey'

The Odyssey

Vase depicting a scene from The Odyssey via Shutterstock    Photo: Kamira

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The prince and goddess to the stern ascend;
To the strong stroke at once the rowers bend.

Full from the west she bids fresh breezes blow;
The sable billows foam and roar below.
—Homer

This epic Greek poem, authored by Homer roughly 2,800 years ago, is one of the first true adventure epics. Odysseus just wants to get home to his wife and son after the Trojan War, but he’s sidetracked by all sorts of mishaps and misfortunes along the way. Every single road story ever written owes a debt to it.

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