Agios Ioannis Beach, Gavdos Island (Greece)
stone / handmade silver ring
Ogygia (Ancient Greek: Ὠγυγίη Ōgygíē , or Ὠγυγία Ōgygia ), is an island mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, Book V, as the home of the nymph Calypso,
the daughter of the Titan Atlas, also known as Atlantis (Ατλαντίς) in ancient Greek. Ogygia is now identified in Gavdos.
In Homer’s Odyssey Calypso detained Odysseus on Ogygia for 7 years and kept him from returning to his home of Ithaca, wanting to marry him.
Athena complained about Calypso’s actions to Zeus, who sent the messenger Hermes to Ogygia to order Calypso to release Odysseus.
Hermes is Odysseus’s great grandfather on his mother’s side, through Autolycos.
Calypso finall Calypso finally, though reluctantly, instructed Odysseus to build a small raft, gave him food and wine, and let him depart the island.
The Odyssey describes Ogygia as follows:
[…] and he (Hermes) found her within. A great fire was burning in the hearth, and from afar over the isle there was a fragrance of cleft cedar and juniper as they burned.
But she within was singing with a sweet voice as she went to and fro before the loom, weaving with a golden shuttle.
Round about the cave grew a luxuriant wood, alder and poplar and sweet-smelling cypress, wherein birds long of wing were wont to nest,
owls and falcons and sea-crows with chattering tongues, who ply their business on the sea.
And right there about the holl And right there about the hollow cave ran trailing a garden vine, in pride of its prime, richly laden with clusters.
And fountains four in a row were flowing with bright water hard by one another, turned one this way, one that.
And round about soft meadows of violets and parsley were blooming […]