Study Guide for the Odyssey

The Odyssey of Homer - Notes, Summary, and Study Guide to the 24 Books

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The Odyssey, generally attributed to the blind bard Homer, is divided into 24 books. You can find an online English translation of the Odyssey by following the links below. The translation is the first entry for the Odyssey study guide for each of the 24 books. After the translation and the descriptive title, 4 sections follow for each book. These sections provide you with extra information and will, I hope, enhance your study of this great epic. They are:
  • a summary
  • notes on aspects of the book that may be of interest or need some explanation,
  • the cast of major characters, and
  • a quiz that closely follows the specific book of the Odyssey.
[ The Iliad Translation and Notes]
  1. Homer

    The Gods in Council

    Odyssey Summary Book I
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  2. Homer The Odyssey - Book 2

    Telemachus Calls the Assembly in Ithaca

    Odyssey Summary Book II
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    Quiz on The Odyssey - Book II
  3. Homer The Odyssey - Book 3

    Telemachus visits Nestor

    Odyssey Summary Book III
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    Quiz on The Odyssey - Book III
  4. Homer The Odyssey - Book 4

    Telemachus visits Helen and Menelaus

    Odyssey Summary Book IV
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  5. Homer The Odyssey - Book 5

    The gods tell Calypso to let Odysseus go

    Odyssey Summary Book V
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  6. Homer The Odyssey - Book 6

    Odysseus and Nausicaa in the land of the Phaeacians

    Odyssey Summary Book VI
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  7. Homer The Odyssey - Book 7

    Odysseus meets the king and queen of the Phaeacians

    Odyssey Summary Book VII
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  8. Homer The Odyssey - Book 8

    Phaeacians provide a ship

    Odyssey Summary Book VIII
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  1. Homer The Odyssey - Book 9

    Odysseus tells about his adventures

    Odyssey Summary Book IX
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    Quiz on The Odyssey - Book IX
  2. Homer The Odyssey - Book 10

    Odysseus tells of his visit to Aeolus

    Odyssey Summary Book X
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    Quiz on The Odyssey - Book X
  3. Homer The Odyssey - Book 11

    Odysseus' Nekuia

    Odyssey Summary Book XI
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  1. Homer The Odyssey - Book 12

    Return to Circe's island to bury Elpenor

    Odyssey Summary Book XII
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  2. Homer The Odyssey - Book 13

    Phaeacians give Odysseus gifts

    Odyssey Summary Book XIII
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  3. Homer The Odyssey - Book 14

    In disguise, Odysseus finds his swineherd Eumaeus

    Odyssey Summary Book XIV
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  4. Homer The Odyssey - Book 15

    Telemachus heads home

    Odyssey Summary Book XV
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  5. Homer The Odyssey - Book 16

    Telemachus and Odysseus are reunited

    Odyssey Summary Book XVI
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  6. Homer The Odyssey - Book 17

    Odysseus goes to his palace

    Odyssey Summary Book XVII
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  7. Homer The Odyssey - Book 18

    Odysseus, as a beggar, fights another beggar

    Odyssey Summary Book XVIII
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  8. Homer The Odyssey - Book 19

    Odysseus and Telemachus plot

    Odyssey Summary Book XIX
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  9. Homer The Odyssey - Book 20

    Odysseus and Penelope take turns with insomnia

    Odyssey Summary Book XX
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  10. Homer The Odyssey - Book 21

    The book of the bow

    Odyssey Summary Book XXI
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    Quiz on The Odyssey - Book XXI Alternate Quiz
  11. Homer The Odyssey - Book 22

    The book of the slaughter

    Odyssey Summary Book XXII
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  1. Homer The Odyssey - Book 23

    Testing and Reconciliation of Penelope and Odysseus

    Odyssey Summary Book XXIII
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  2. Homer The Odyssey - Book 24

    Peace Restored

    Odyssey Summary Book XXIV
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  3. F​ootnotes

List of the Odyssey Quizzes