Steeped in myth, Gozo is thought to be the legendary isle of Ogygia, home of the goddess Calypso in Homer’s Odyssey. As Homer tells it, Calypso is in love with Odysseus, a mortal who is already married. With her supernatural powers, she holds him captive for several years, enchanting him with song and the rhythm of her hobby, weaving on a golden loom.
To Odysseus, this all seems great at first. But when the imbalance in their relationship becomes obvious, Odysseus gets in touch with his friend Athena who reaches out to her dad, Zeus, who sends over his messenger Hermes to tell Calypso to release Odysseus. She begrudgingly agrees, muttering something about how Zeus should get over his god/mortal relationship issues, and sends Odysseus on his way.