One of my Myth students calculated the minimum number of times Odysseus cheated on Penelope: 6,573
— Dr. Jeremy Swist 🤘🏛️🐈 (@MetalClassicist) November 17, 2022
In Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, spent 20 years away from home while on many adventures. His loving wife, Penelope, was suspected of infidelity but never gave in to her hundred suitors.
Let us set aside the revolting rumors about her alleged romp with Apollo that produced Pan. That is not canonical.
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What is canonical, according to Homer, is that Odysseus was relentlessly pursuing other women to almost Wilt Chamberlain levels of promiscuity.
But precisely how many times did Odysseus cheat on Penelope during his two decades away from home? A student of classicist Dr. Jeremy Swist at Brandeis University crunched the numbers. The final number is 6,573.