As with The Iliad, Homer begins The Odyssey with a prayer to his Muse, the supernatural spirit of creativity, for the inspiration to tell the story of Odysseus well. He begins by recounting that Odysseus’ men “were destroyed by their own wild recklessness” and then sets the theological scene for the whole epic in the words of Zeus:

Oh for shame, how the mortals put the blame on us

gods, for they say evils come from us, but it is they, rather,

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