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Calypso (waiting for someone to visit her dark and depressing island), Daumier (1808-1879)

In Greek mythology Calypso (Greek: 'Καλυψώ ', 'I will conceal', also transliterated as Kalypsó or Kālypsō), ), was a sea nymph, daughter of Atlas, who delayed Odysseus on her dark and depressing island (Ogygia) for seven years.

Hermes and Calypso, John Flaxman

While he was there, she bore him a child named Nausinous. Athena asked Zeus to intervene. He sent Hermes to convince Calypso to release Odysseus, and she reluctantly agreed. Odysseus left to be with his beloved wife Penelope who waited for him at home even though Calypso had promised him immortality if he stayed. Some legends say Calypso died as a result of her grief.

Homer, Odyssey V and VII; Apollodorus, Epitome VII, 24.


ULYSSES TO CALYPSO:
"This comes to inform you, that after my departure from your coasts in the vessel which you were so kind as to provide me with, I was shipwrecked, and saved with the greatest difficulty by Leucothea, who conveyed me to the country of the Phaeacians, and from thence I got home; where I found a number of suitors about my wife, revelling there at my expense. I destroyed every one of them, and was afterwards slain myself by Telegonus, a son whom I had by Circe. I still lament the pleasures which I left behind at Ogygia, and the immortality which you promised me; if I can ever find an opportunity, I will certainly make my escape from hence, and come to you.", Lucian of Samosata

Calypso Oceanis

Calypso also refers to an Oceanid, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys

Calypso Nereid

Another Calypso is one of of the Nereids

See Apollodorus, Library, 1.2.7

Calypso in Popular Culture

Suzanne Vega sings from Calypso's point of view on her second album Solitude Standing in the song "Calypso".

Asteroid 53 Kalypso


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