One way that Odysseus has kleos is because of the way he is introduced. In Greek culture when someone is introduced there is generally a phrase following their name that gives a little more information about who they are. It can be “son of Laertes”, or “sacker of cities”, or “master of land and sea ways”, all of which were used to describe Odysseus. Generally this phrases are not repeated for many people so when someone refers to Odys...
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... gone people would assume that he was dead and had been dead for a long time. You have to be around for people to still talk about you. And that is all kleos is, fame by word of mouth. I believe that he knows that he has to come home otherwise the kleos he has collected, essentially does not exist. He wants his tale to live on. But that cannot happen until people know of all of the amazing feats he had accomplished during his 20 year absence. He defeated the cyclops. He had escaped a terrible death time and time again. He was the only man to hear the sirens call and still be alive. He knows that these are amazing stories that no one would believe unless they saw him as living proof. Odysseus wanted to come home so that he could collect his kleos. Point blank. His beloved wife was just a perk. All in all, Odysseus went home for his reputation, his kleos, not his wife.
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