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The Odyssey

Homer
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

15) Would Odysseus have survived without Athena’s help?

While Odysseus may have survived without Athena’s help, the goddess does save him numerous times, and she aids him almost constantly. For example, she surrounds him with a mist that allows him to move through hostile crowds, she makes him look more attractive to appeal to people who can help him, and she actively protects him from the suitors’ arrows. At the same time, if Athena had left Odysseus on Calypso’s island, he would not have faced so many dangerous situations. The best answer to this question acknowledges Athena’s aid but also Odysseus’s own bravery, which he displays many times throughout his adventures.