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Odysseus was a character in Greek mythology and the main character in Earth poet Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. The king of the Greek island of Ithaca, Odysseus was renowned for his guile and resourcefulness, and was most famous for the ten years it took him to return home after the Trojan War.

In 2000, Henry Janeway pointed out to his son Jason Janeway that none of the classic heroes had come from nuclear families – in fact, Odysseus, Hercules, and Achilles were all products of single parent upbringings. (VOY: "11:59")

According to Apollo in 2267, Humans of the 23rd century were much like Odysseus, Agamemnon, or Hector, full of fire and with a strong will. (TOS: "Who Mourns for Adonais?")

In 2373, Harry Kim told Neelix the story of Odysseus and the Sirens when recounting his experiences amongst the Taresians. (VOY: "Favorite Son")

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, The Odyssey was the namesake of both the command module of the Apollo 13 mission to Luna as well as the USS Odyssey.

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