In Greek mythology, Nausicaa, (also Náusikaa or Nausicaä) (Ναυσικά ) was a daughter of King Alcinous of the Phaeaceans. In the Odyssey, she found the shipwrecked Odysseus and brought him to her father. Odysseus recounts his adventures to Alcinous for a substantial portion of the Odyssey, and Alcinous provides Odysseus with the ships that finally bring him home to Ithaca. According to Aristotle and Dictys, she married Telemachus, Odysseus's son, and had a son named Perseptolis or Ptoliporthus (Eustath. ad Hom. p. 1796; Dict. Cret. vi. 6.)
Homer Odys. vi. 16
Odysseus and Nausicaa
Odysseus meets Nausikaa who maybe is surprised that he is naked and almost is to run away. In the center Athena the goddess. Athenian red-figure clay vase about 475-425 BC. Munich Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek: Description , Images (Perseus)
Sophocles was an actor two times : a) as the blind old Thamyris playing on the harp, b) in “Nausikaa.” a work lost. In a scene of the Odyssey Nausiakaa with her maidens meets on the sea-shore the naked Odysseus. Sophocles dressed in women’s clothes prepresented one of the maidens of Nausikaa playing ball.
Nausicaa playing ball, John Flaxman
Nausicaa leads Odysseus to the palace of her father, John Flaxman
Odysseus and Nausicaa, 1619, Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583-1633), Alte Pinakothek, Munich
William McGregor Paxton, 1937 Nausicaa
--Portions of this material has been excerpted from the public domain Lempriere's Dictionary of 1848.
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