Name: Odysseus

Origin and Meaning of the Name Odysseus

  • Meaning:
    Full of wrath
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  • Pronunciation:
    (oh DIH see us)
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    Itself (Odysseus)
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    English and Greek speaking countries
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    Odysseus is the main hero in Homer's epic poem 'The Odyssey', and plays a key role in Homer's 'Iliad'. According to Homer his name means "son of pain", but it perhaps comes from the Greek "odegos" (a guide; the one showing the way). If his name does have its origins in the verb "odyssomai", this has two meanings: to hate and to be hated. Therefore his name means "the one who hates and who is hated at the same time". This interpretation is reinforced by the fact that Odysseus hates the gods and he is hated by the gods. It may also mean "pain" in the sense of "the one inflicting and suffering pain" not surprisingly, he nearly always suffers pain (mental and/or physical) and in turn inflicts it on others. In modern Greek the name is written 'omicron-delta-upsilon-sigma-sigma-epsilon-alpha-sigma' ("Odusseas"), with the accent on the epsilon.

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