Ulysses is the Latin name for Odysseus, the Greek hero in Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Virgil took Homer's story and tried to "improve" it for the Roman people. So for our purposes, Odysseus and Ulysses really are the same dude.
And so it fits with the letter U for my A-Z Challenge, we'll stick with Ulysses.
During the ten year Trojan War, it was Ulysses (King of Ithica) who came up with the idea of building the giant wooden horse in order to sneak into the walled city and defeat the enemy. After their victory, Ulysses failed to pay proper homage to the gods and he and his men paid dearly for his
Ulysses and his men encountered all kinds of problems in trying to get home: malnourishment, sirens trying to lure them to their deaths, goddesses using their sexiness to seduce them, sea monsters trying to drown them, and a cyclops who wants to eat them.
Eventually, only Ulysses escape these dangers with his life, and he was found clinging to life on a beach. The foreign king nursed him back to health, and after hearing of Ulysses tales of the ten year war with Troy and the harrowing ten year journey afterwards, he provided Ulysses with his fastest ship to take him back to Ithica.
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The story of Ulysses is one of the biggest influences of my writing, and for those who have read my Asian-inspired steampunk series, The Mechanica Wars, you will for sure see many elements from this epic poem in my novels.