Calypso (mythology)

Calypso (Kalypso)
Calypso receiving Telemachus and Mentor in the Grotto detail.jpg
Detail from Calypso receiving Telemachus and Mentor in the Grotto by William Hamilton
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ChildrenBy some accounts Latinus, by others Nausithous and Nausinous

Calypso (/; Greek: Καλυψώ, Kalypsō) was a nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Ogygia, where, according to the Odyssey, she detained Odysseus for seven years.


The etymology of Calypso's name is from καλύπτω (kalyptō), meaning "to cover", "to conceal", "to hide", or "to deceive".[1] According to Etymologicum Magnum her name means καλύπτουσα το διανοούμενον (kalýptousa to dianooúmenon), i.e. "concealing the knowledge", which combined with the Homeric epithet δολόεσσα (dolóessa), meaning subtle or wily, justifies the hermetic character of Calypso and her island. καλύπτω is derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱel-, making it cognate with the English word Hell.

Other Languages
العربية: كاليبسو
azərbaycanca: Kalipso (nimfa)
беларуская: Каліпса
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Каліпса
български: Калипсо
brezhoneg: Kalypso
čeština: Kalypsó
eesti: Kalypso
Ελληνικά: Καλυψώ
español: Calipso
euskara: Kalipso
فارسی: کالوپسو
français: Calypso
italiano: Calipso
ქართული: კალიფსო
Latina: Calypso
lietuvių: Kalipsė
magyar: Kalüpszó
Nederlands: Kalypso
norsk: Kalypso
norsk nynorsk: Kalypso
русский: Калипсо
Simple English: Calypso
slovenščina: Kalipso
српски / srpski: Калипса
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Kalipso
suomi: Kalypso
svenska: Kalypso
українська: Каліпсо
Tiếng Việt: Calypso (thần thoại)
中文: 卡吕普索