Friday, April 2, 2010


Calypso was a sea goddess in Greek mythology. She was the daughter of the Titan Atlas, and is also known as Atlantis in ancient Greek. Her mother was Tethys. Calypso was confined to the island of Ogygia for supporting her father and the Titans during the Titanomachy.
Calypso is remembered most for her role in Homer's Odyssey, in which she imprisons the fabled Greek hero Odysseus on her island in order to make him her immortal husband. Calypso kept Odysseus hostage at Ogygia for seven years. Odysseus, however, wants to return home to his beloved wife Penelope. His patron goddess Athena asks Zeus to order the release of Odysseus from the island, and Zeus sends Hermes to tell Calypso to set Odysseus free.
According to Hesiod, Calypso bore Odysseus two children, Nausithous and Nausinous.
The island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago has a long tradition that links it with the mythical figure of Calypso.

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