Calypso received Odysseus hospitably, entertained him magnificently, became enamoured of him, and wished to retain him forever, conferring on him immortality. But he persisted in his resolution to return to his country and his wife and son. Calypso at last received the command of Zeus to dismiss him. Hermes brought the message to her, and found her in her grotto.
Calypso with much reluctance proceeded to obey the commands of Zeus. She supplied Odysseus with the means of constructing a raft, provisioned it well for him, and gave him a favoring gale."
- from Bulfinch's Mythology
For the full story of the relationship between Calypso and Odysseus - as well as the rest of the hero Odysseus's adventures - read the Odyssey by Homer.
Calypso in Art History
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