- Calypso (mythology)
Calypso (Greek: Καλυψώ, "Kālupsō"; English translation: "I will conceal"), was a
nymphand a daughter of Atlas who lived on the island of Ogygiain Greek mythology. Her name has also been listed among the list of the Nereids, which would make her a daughter of Nereus. The latter classification in accord with her islands' proximity and association with the sea, as opposed to inland water.
The fabled Greek hero
Odysseuswas imprisoned on her island, Ogygia(believed to be the modern day Gozo), for seven years. She desired to make him her immortal husband. Athenaasked Zeusto spare Odysseus of his torment on the island, as he wanted to go to his homeland. Zeus sent Hermes, the messenger of the gods, to tell Calypso to release Odysseus. As Zeus was the Lord of the gods, she was unable to refuse him, although she did not wish to let him go. Odysseus eventually returned to his homeland of Ithaca, to be with his beloved wife Penelopewho had been waiting for him for twenty years.
According to Hesiod, Calypso bore Odysseus two children: Nausithous and
Nausinous. The island of Gozo, part of the Maltese archipelago, has a long tradition that links it with the mythical figure of Calypso.
Homer. " Odyssey" V, and VII.
Apollodorus. " Epitome" VII, 24.
Hesiod. " Theogony" ll. 1017-1018.
Lucian. The True History.
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