An old legend states that the city of Lisbon was founded by Ulysses in his journey back home after the war against the city of Troy. During this long and adventurous journey he battled sea monsters and plenty of strange ocean creatures. One day a bolt of lightning appeared and exploded into flames in an unknown land. According to the legend, Ulysses was instructed by Zeus to build a city named Olissipo on the point of impact.
Ulysses (or Ulisses, in Portuguese) is the Latin name for Odysseus. Odysseus is the leading figure in the epic poem Odyssey, attributed to Homer. He was the king of Ithaca, son of Laertes and Anticlea, husband of Penelope, and father of Telemachos. The Odyssey is the story of Ulysses' return home at the end of the Trojan War. Ulysses also plays a key role in Homer's epic poem Iliad.
Famous for his courage, intelligence, and leadership, Ulysses is one of the great heroes of Greek mythology. Homer portrayed Ulysses as a man of outstanding wisdom, eloquence, resourcefulness and courage. His oratory skills, bravery and fighting skills were crucial to ensure the Greek victory in the Trojan War.
After fighting the war against the city of Troy, Ulysses started his journey home. His sailing journey was obstructed by the sea god Poseidon. During his journey home he had many incredible adventures, facing various monsters, enchanters, and dangers. His intelligence helped him to survive the numerous difficulties he faced during his long journey back home. After ten years of wandering, he finally reached home.
During his long absence, many of his enemies tried to convince Penelope to get married again. When Ulysses arrived, he disguised himself as a beggar. At first, only his old dog recognized him. Ulysses proved his identity by accomplishing Penelope’s test of stringing and shooting with his old bow. Then, with the help of Telemachos, Ulysses killed all of Penelope's suitors. She finally recognized him as her long lost husband and the king of Ithaca.