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Calypso (mythology), in Greek mythology, a sea nymph and
daughter of the Titan Atlas. Calypso lived alone on the mythical
island of Ogygia in the Ionian Sea. When the Greek hero Odysseus
was shipwrecked on Ogygia, she fell in love with him and kept him a
virtual prisoner for seven years. Although she promised him
immortality and eternal youth if he would stay with her, she could
not make him overcome his desire to return home. At the bidding of
the god Zeus, she finally released Odysseus and gave him materials
to build a raft to leave the island. She died of grief after he left.1
1"Calypso (mythology)," Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998
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