Detail from Calypso receiving Telemachus and Mentor in the Grotto by William Hamilton
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Calypso (pron.: //; Greek: Καλυψώ, Kalypsō) was a nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Ogygia, where she detained Odysseus for several years. She is generally said to be the daughter of the Titan Atlas.
The Odyssey 
Calypso is remembered most for her role in Homer's Odyssey, in which she keeps the fabled Greek hero Odysseus on her island so she could make him her immortal husband. According to Homer, Calypso kept Odysseus hostage at Ogygia for seven years, while Pseudo-Apollodorus says five years and Hyginus says one. Calypso enchants Odysseus with her singing as she strolls to and fro across her weaving loom, with a golden shuttle. During this time they sleep together, although Odysseus soon comes to wish for circumstances to change.
Odysseus cannot be away from his wife Penelope any longer and wants to go to Calypso to tell her. His patron goddess Athena asks Zeus to order the release of Odysseus from the island, and Zeus sends the messenger Hermes, to tell Calypso to set Odysseus free, for it was not his destiny to live with her forever. She angrily comments on how the gods hate goddesses having relationships with mortals. Then being worried for her not-meant-to-be love Odysseus, Calypso sends him on his way with a boat, wine, and bread.
Homer does not mention any children by Calypso. By some accounts, which come after the Odyssey, Calypso bore Odysseus a son, Latinus, though Circe is usually given as Latinus's mother. In other accounts Calypso bore Odysseus two children, Nausithous and Nausinous.
The etymology of Calypso's name is from καλύπτω (kalyptō), meaning "to cover", "to conceal", "to hide", or "to deceive". According to Etymologicum Magnum her name means καλύπτουσα το διανοούμενον, i.e. "concealing the knowledge", which combined with the Homeric epithet δολόεσσα, meaning subtle or wily, justifies the hermetic character of Calypso and her island.
In popular culture 
Musically, Jean Michel Jarre's seventh studio album "Waiting for Cousteau" (dedicated to Jacques Cousteau) featured a three-part ambient work entitled "Calypso". John Denver's song "Calypso" is also a tribute to Cousteau and his work. The Suzanne Vega song "Calypso" from the album Solitude Standing is based on the Odyssey, namely the part in which Calypso is forced to let Odysseus go. A song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds called More News from Nowhere, which is loosely based on the Odyssey, contains a lyric briefly summarizing the story of Odysseus and Calypso.
In literature, Calypso appears in François Fénelon's novel Les Aventures de Télémaque (1699) and tries to seduce Telemachus. She also appears in the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series by Rick Riordan and in Tad Williams' Otherland series.
On screen, Calypso was a nickname given to Dr. Mariah Crawford, Kraven's fiancee, in the 1990s animated television series Spider-Man. Andrey Konchalovskiy's 1997 made-for-TV miniseries adaptation, The Odyssey, depicts Calypso (portrayed by Vanessa Lynn Williams) similarly based on the mythical character in the epic poem. In the movie series Pirates of the Caribbean, Calypso (portrayed by Naomie Harris) is a goddess who becomes trapped in human form and assumes the name Tia Dalma.
In the book Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth Percy is transported to Calypso's island and starts a short-lived romance with her, where she explains that her punishment for siding with her Father Atlas was to be trapped on the island and to fall in love with any man who comes to the island, but they always have to leave. Percy admits leaving Calypso would always be his biggest "what-if".
- Homer, Odyssey, 1.14, 1.50; Apollodorus, Library . She is sometimes referred to as Atlantis (Ατλαντίς), which means the daughter of Atlas, see the entry Ατλαντίς in Liddell & Scott, and also Hesiod, Theogony, 938.
- Hesiod, Theogony 359
- Apollodorus, Library 1.2.7
- Homer, Odyssey 7.259
- Apollodorus, Epitome 7.24
- Hyginus, Fabulae 125
- Apollodorus, Epitome 7.24
- Hesiod, Theogony 1011
- See Hesiod, Theogony 1019, Sir James George Frazer in his notes to Apollodorus, Epitome 7.24, says that these verses "are probably not by Hesiod but have been interpolated by a later poet of the Roman era in order to provide the Latins with a distinguished Greek ancestry".
- Entry καλύπτω at LSJ
- Wiktionary: calypso
- Grimal, Pierre, The Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Wiley-Blackwell, 1996, ISBN 978-0-631-20102-1. "Calypso" p. 86
- Smith, William; Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, London (1873). "Calypso"
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Calypso". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- The Theoi Project, "Kalypso"