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An image showing Odysseus and Penelope (by Francesco Primaticcio).

Odysseus was a person in the Greek mythology. He was the king of the island Ithaca, and was married to Penelope. Odysseus and Penelope had a son called Telemachos. Odysseus is a major character in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

Odysseus fought in the Trojan War, and invented the Trojan Horse, which helped the Greeks win the war. After the war, his adventurous journey home took the time of 10 years. The story of that journey is told in the Odyssey.

The Latin name for Odysseus is Ulysses.