WATCH: Cal Bears' Literary Greek Import Featured

Cal men’s water polo takes its number 4 ranking eastward in this weekend when the team heads east to compete in the Aggie Roundup at UC Davis. The Bears open the competition on Saturday with matched against San Jose State and Santa Clara. Cal will begin MPSF play against UC Santa Barbara next week in Goleta.

They’ll travel with a freshman Greek import with a name amongst the most famous in all of Western literature. Odysseas Masmanidis is one of Cal’s touted freshman class who are likely to get lots of meaningful playing time in Davis.

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Traveling from Athens to Berkeley isn’t necessarily the type of story historians of Greek culture would consider epic, but for Cal men’s water polo player Odysseas Masmanidis, what lies ahead might someday be worthy of a tome all its own.

Just a freshman in his first few weeks away from his native Greece, Masmanidis looks right at home sitting just off the pool deck at Spieker Aquatics Complex. His heritage is easily identifiable when he speaks, with an accent accompanying every word, and he speaks fondly of his home country. He’s happy to describe the kind nature of the Greek people, and mentions the beauty of one of the world’s most historically significant places.

It is a history with which Masmanidis is especially familiar.

The name Odysseus is one of the most well-known throughout Greek history and mythology. One of the primary characters in Homer’s epic works The Illiad and The Odyssey, he is judged many different ways through many different interpretations of the classics. For some who study him, Odysseus is regarded as a trickster, a quick-witted protagonist capable of thinking his way out of tough situations. Others focus on a man willing to do whatever necessary to return to his homeland, an island off the mainland of Greece called Ithaca.

Traveling from Athens to Berkeley isn’t necessarily the type of story historians of Greek culture would consider epic, but for Cal men’s water polo player Odysseas Masmanidis, what lies ahead might someday be worthy of a tome all its own.

Just a freshman in his first few weeks away from his native Greece, Masmanidis looks right at home sitting just off the pool deck at Spieker Aquatics Complex. His heritage is easily identifiable when he speaks, with an accent accompanying every word, and he speaks fondly of his home country. He’s happy to describe the kind nature of the Greek people, and mentions the beauty of one of the world’s most historically significant places.

It is a history with which Masmanidis is especially familiar.

The name Odysseus is one of the most well-known throughout Greek history and mythology. One of the primary characters in Homer’s epic works The Illiad and The Odyssey, he is judged many different ways through many different interpretations of the classics. For some who study him, Odysseus is regarded as a trickster, a quick-witted protagonist capable of thinking his way out of tough situations. Others focus on a man willing to do whatever necessary to return to his homeland, an island off the mainland of Greece called Ithaca…

Source: An Odyssey In Berkeley

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