The Odyssey’s mythological network

Pedro Jeferson Miranda, Murilo da Silva Baptista, Sandro Ely de Souza Pinto* (Corresponding Author)

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In this work, we study the mythological network of Odyssey of Homer. We use ordinary statistical quantifiers in order to classify the network as real or fictional. We also introduce an analysis of communities which allows us to see how network properties shall emerge. We found that Odyssey can be classified both as real and fictional network. This statement is supported as far as mythological characters are removed, which results in a network with real properties. The community analysis indicated to us that there is a power-law relationship based on the max degree of each community. These results allow us to conclude that Odyssey might be an amalgam of myth and of historical facts, with communities playing a central role.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0200703
Number of pages22
JournalPloS ONE
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2018

Bibliographical note

We are grateful to Maurício A. Ribeiro which fitted the power law with cut-off degree distribution for Facebook’s and Odyssey’s networks.

This work was supported by 1) Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) to PJM, and 2) Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) to SESP.


  • social networks
  • statistical universitality
  • analysis of communities
  • comparative mythology


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