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Open Odin (Norse mythology)
Odin (Norse mythology)

Chief god of Norse mythology, god of war, and the source of wisdom. A sky god, he lived in Asgard at the top of the world-tree Yggdrasil . From the

Open Odysseus (Greek mythology)
Odysseus (Greek mythology)

Mythical king of Ithaca, son of Laertes and Antikleia; with Penelope, father of Telemachos. In the Iliad , he is already Odysseus "of the many wiles"

Open The Odyssey
The Odyssey

In time, the tale of Troy became the center of a great cycle of songs, depicting and glorifying the regular heroic theme of an attack on a town. We

Offa, King of the Mercians, -796

( ŏf'ə ), d. 796, king of Mercia (757–96). He succeeded Æthelbald to the throne, but it was some years before he attained the power of his

Olmecs

( ōl'mĕk ), term denoting the culture of ancient Mexican natives inhabiting the tropical coastal plain of the contemporary states of Veracruz and

Open Olympic Games
Olympic Games

The world's oldest sports spectacular, the first known Olympiad was held in 776 B.C.E. in Olympia, Greece. It is believed the festivals began before

ordeal

ancient legal custom whereby an accused person was required to perform a test, the outcome of which decided the person's guilt or innocence. By an

Open Orpheus (Greek mythology)
Orpheus (Greek mythology)

The supreme singer and musician of Greek myth, so skilled that he entranced the whole of nature with his song, taming savage beasts and moving even

Open Osiris (Egyptian deity)
Osiris (Egyptian deity)

The supreme god of the afterlife ( see Afterlife, Pharaonic Egypt ) and a god of regeneration, Osiris is traditionally depicted as a royal mummified,

Ovid

Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BCE –18 CE ) was the most accomplished elegist that Rome produced, and is notable for the sheer volume and unprecedented