After the seven years, Hermes convinces Kalypso to let Odysseus finally return home. Before sending Odysseus away, Kalypso makes sure to mention to Hermes, “You are cruel, you gods, envious above all others!” (5.110-111). She implies the hypocritical nature of the Gods who have affairs with mortal women, but are never chastised or ordered to end the relationship.
Odysseus andKalypso. The goddess presents a box of provisions for the hero’s voyage. The box is tied with a sash. The bearded Odysseus sits on a rock on the shore holding a sword and looking pensive. Athenian red-figure vase, c. 450 BC.