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The Iliad and the Odyssey are the great epics of ancient Greece written by Homer. While the Iliad, like the Mahabharata, sings of a great war in which almost all the kingdoms of that time took part, the Odyssey, compared by scholars to the Ramayana, relates the story of Odysseus. After the war of Troy told in the Iliad, Odysseus wants to return home to his family and kingdom as quickly as possible. Blessed by Athena, the goddess of wisdom, and cursed by Poseidon, the god of the sea, Odysseus finds himself forced by his destiny to travel to many islands before he is allowed to go home. The Odyssey is the story of his many adventures along the way.