Today, Homer’s Odyssey has a large impact education. It is required reading for most educational institutions, and it is studied in many history classes. Also, the Odyssey has left a major mark on popular culture. For example, in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, there is an obvious homage to Homer’s work. Some elements of the movie that are direct parallels to The Odyssey are the hero’s shipwreck, his nemesis, (upon whom the hero originally depended upon for sustenance), and the nemesis’ single eye. Also, The Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou? was loosely based on Homer’s poem. Two more examples of Homer’s Odyssey‘s impact on popular culture are Cold Mountain (a Civil War novel written by Charles Frazier follows the path of the classic Odyssey, as a soldier from the high country of North Carolina struggles to return home to his sweetheart) and the Japanese-French anime Ulysses 31 (a 31st century space opera).
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