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The Return of Odysseus Powell ch. 21
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Odyssey The Odyssey is one of the most influential myths in the western world In ancient times it was compared with comedy because it has a happy ending The iliad was compared to tragedy
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The Cicones and the Lotus Eaters Odysseus recounts his adventures at a banquet on the island of Phaeacia in the court of king Alcinous When Odysseus and his men left Troy, they stopped at the land of the Cicones in Thrace Odysseus’ men sacked the city and against his advice paused to steal the cattle and the wine. The next day the Cicones attacked them killing six men from every ship
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The Cicones and the Lotus Eaters The remaining Greeks escaped by sea but a storm blew them into the land of the Lotus Eaters The local inhabitants consume a plant (lotus) that makes men forgetful of their purpose and home. Odysseus’ men tried it: “Once any of them had tasted the honey-sweet fruit of the lotus, he lost his desire to return, to boast of his glorious exploits…ignoring their tears I frog-marched them back at once to the vessels…”
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Polyphemus The Greeks next came to the land of the Cyclopes and encountered Polyphemus (Powell 596-606) The race of the Cyclopes did not know the arts of civilization, had no political life, and, were cannibals Polyphemus devoured Odysseus’ men and would eat Odysseus as well.
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Polyphemus “…he grabbed with his hands two of my sailors and smashed them down on the rock, as you kill a superfluous puppy. Their brains burst out from their skulls and ran all over the floor…”
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