More about Odyssey
ICM 2016 Conference’s Visual Identity is inspired by Ancient Greek Literature and Homer's epic poem, Odyssey.
The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. Scholars believe it was composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia.
The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (known as Ulysses in Roman myths), the legendary king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach his beloved Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. In his absence, it is assumed he has died, and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors, the Mnesteres or Proci, who compete for Penelope's hand in marriage.
Homer portrayed Odysseus as a man of outstanding wisdom and shrewdness, eloquence, resourcefulness, courage, and endurance. Odysseus’s bravery and skill in fighting as well as his high-order thinking, reflective style, decision making skills, high motivation to achieve his goals, persistence, emotion regulation, leadership and determination are demonstrated repeatedly in Odyssey. On the one hand, Homer presented Odysseus's journey as full of adventures and challenges demanding solutions, frequently innovative ones, and persistence towards goal attainment. On the other hand, the journey was presented as full of learning experiences, opportunities for self-development in terms of gaining knowledge and skills, enjoyment and self-enhancement. Odysseus appears as the man who takes into account the contextual challenges and affordances, counts on himself, but also contributes in the promotion of cooperation among Greeks, including the reconciliation between Agamemnon and Achilles (Iliad).
Odyssey as the person's journey to learning, Ithaca as the goal of the journey, the triiris in the sea of letters and the bright sun hopefully reflect the dynamic interaction between motivated persons and challenging contexts towards the goal of learning.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Wikipedia, and the Local Organizing Committee.