The Trojan Wars ended in Troy’s defeat at the hands of the Greeks, many of whom returned to their homes.
But the great Odysseus was not among them. He became marooned on the faraway island of Ogygia, enjoying – or tiring of – the favours of the beautiful nymph Calypso. Homer’s Odyssey, as we all know, is the story of Odysseus’ long journey away from Calypso and home to Ithaca, where his wife Penelope waits, courted in his absence by 117 princes young enough to be her son. (…)
“Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night.” Dora Wheeler (1856–1940) Metmuseum.