While Odysseus and his companions were on their way to their beloved Ithaca, Poseidon, the moody god of the Seas, got angry with the hero.
So he sank all the ships of Odysseus and drowned his companions.
Only Odysseus survived the god's rage. Shipwrecked, he was tortured for nine days and nights, until the waves took him to a magnificent island.
This was the island of Ogygia, and it is believed to be in Western Europe.
Odysseus stayed in a spacious cave were fire was burning. Around the cave there was a rich forest with lots of springs and thousands of sweet singing birds.
There, a blonde Nymph was sitting, spinning and weaving with her servants. Her name was Calypso. When she caught sight of Odysseus, Calypso stood up cheerfully and groomed the hero, as it was custom.
Then she asked from the hero to tell her all about his troubled story.
Calypso was touched by his sufferings and offered him to stay with her on the island.
In the beginning, Odysseus agreed to stay, because he was tired of being tortured. But after some time, he forgot his sufferings and began to sigh for his homeland, Ithaca.
However, Calypso was in love with the hero and did her best to change Odysseus' mind- she even offered him to make him immortal... but everything was in vain. Odysseus wanted to leave.
So Zeus, the King of the gods, sent his messenger Hermes to ask from Calypso to let him go.
Full of sorrow, Calypso followed the order and gave Odysseus enough tools to build a solid raft. Odysseus loaded the raft with plenty of water and food and finally made his farewells to embark on a world of new adventures.