But one man alone…
his heart set on his wife and his return – Calypso,
the bewitching nymph, the lustrous goddess, held him back,
deep in her arching caverns, craving him for a husband.
The Odyssey, Book 1, lines 15-18. Odysseus is trapped on Calypso’s island, where the nymph is keeping him and wants him for her husband. While Odysseus longs to return to his wife Penelope in Ithaca, the bewitching goddess Calypso holds him back. Calypso is portrayed in the epic poem as a maniulative seductress.