The Odyssey was written sometime around the 8th
century BC and was passed down by oral tradition for many years before being
put to paper. This epic poem of over 12,000 lines was the sequel to The
Iliad which recounts the events of the Trojan War. The Odyssey
follows the various misadventures of Odysseus as he journeys home to Ithaca
after the war.
The inspiration for this series came from my Language Arts
class last year in which my classmates and I read an abridged version of The
Odyssey, often making fun of Odysseus for being both an idiot and an
absolute scumbag, hence the first episode title. I hope you enjoy this
little series as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you!
*Disclaimer: This particular take on The Odyssey is a satire. It takes liberties with the original text, which I highly recommend.*
Preface: Odysseus is “asked” to tell the tale of his travels
to Alcinous, king of Phaecia, and begins with his failed venture in piracy on
the island of Ismarus.