Literary Genre of Homer’s “Odyssey”


Homer’s “Odyssey” belongs to which literary genre? Myth or folklore or what else?


Odyssey is one of the great Greek epics. However, it is also folklore, mythology and legendary poem and a sequel to another poem Iliad. It presents larger than life valor and interference of gods into human affairs. It employs epic literary devices, beginning with incantation to the muse, offering lengthy lists of people, places referring to mythological history, genealogies, using epithets, and repeated nicknames. It also uses epic conventions like complex plot, adding characters coming from lower social classes, focusing action around different women at home. Besides that, some parts of the story look like cultural folklore, bringing unrealistic and mythological occurrences and creatures.