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The Odyssey was an Earth literary work by Homer, involving the Trojan War. (TOS novel: Uhura's Song; TNG novel: Dark Mirror)

The hero of the Odyssey was known as Ulysses in Rome and Odysseus in Greece.

Background Edit

As chronicled in the Odyssey, Ulysses and his crew spent ten years traveling home after the events of the Trojan War. His vessel sailed to the Land of the Lotus Eaters, where his crew was suddenly overcome by a compunction to relax and do nothing. Ulysses survived encounters with Aeolus, cannibals, Charybdis, Cyclops, Scylla and the Sirens, challenges orchestrated by the Beings. (TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be..")

Regarding the Sirens: “It shall come to you out of the sea, death in his gentlest guise.” (TNG novel: Dyson Sphere (novel))

The literary work had several Federation starships named in its honor, including the Galaxy-class USS Odyssey (NCC-71832), as well as the 25th century Odyssey-class of starships.

History Edit

In the 1990s, Khan was familiar with the Odyssey. When an unexpected visitor arrived with a connection to his mother twenty years prior, Khan considered the potential benefits. He quoted from Homer, “All strangers and beggars are from Zeus.” [1] (TOS - The Eugenics Wars novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2)

In 2267, the USS Enterprise encountered six Beings, including Zeus, Aeolus, Pan and Hermes. The Beings recreated Ulysses' ordeals from the Odyssey, this time challenging James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy, and Spock to survive the confrontations. Spock was first to recognize their situations as originating in the Odyssey, but Kirk and McCoy were also familiar with it. (TOS comic: "What Fools These Mortals Be..")

In 2268, Kirk mentioned having read both the Iliad and the Odyssey. (TOS novel: Uhura's Song)

In 2273, Spock considered that the written descriptions of Odysseus’ adventures weren’t meant to be taken literally. (TOS novel: Ex Machina)

In 2366, after exposure to a white hole, Geordi LaForge recreated the story of the Sirens on a holodeck. William T. Riker and Jean-Luc Picard recognized the scene as originating from the Odyssey. (TNG comic: "I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing")

In 2370, while traveling in the shuttle within the Dyson Sphere, Jean-Luc Picard felt an odd signing sound coming from a group of islands, which reminded him of the mythological Sirens. Picard thought of Odysseus and quoted from the Odyssey. (TNG novel: Dyson Sphere (novel))

Commander Christine Vale showed holoprograms of the adventures of Odysseus to the ship’s command staff during their approach to the planet Droplet. (TTN novel: Over a Torrent Sea)

The title page of Part One of DS9 novel: The Never Ending Sacrifice quoted from the Odyssey: “Where shall a man find sweetness to surpass his own home and his parents? In far lands he shall not, though he find a house of gold.” [2]
The contents page of VOY novel: Distant Shores quoted from the Odyssey: “Many cities of men he saw and learned their minds, many pains he suffered, heartsick on the open sea, fighting to save his life and bring his comrades home.” [3]

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  1. The Odyssey, Book 14
  2. The Odyssey, Book 9.
  3. The Odyssey, Book 1