The Odyssey Book 10


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  • After a year of rest and revelry in Circe's hospitality, Odysseus's men convince him to continue their homeward voyage
  • "Captain, shake off this trance and think of home- if indeed home awaits us!
  • "If we shall ever see your own well-timbered hall on Ithaca!"
  • Fine... we'll go
  • Before his departure, Odysseus meets with Circe to inform her of his impending departure. While he's there, she forewarns him of the perils that lie ahead
  • Nooooo!
  • "Hug the cliff of Scylla, take your ship through on a racing stroke. Better to mourn six men than lose them all."
  • In his first trial, Odysseus must pass by the dreaded sirens, whose seraphic song lures sailors to their death. To avoid being thrown off course, Odysseus seals the ears of his men and had them fetter him to the mast of his ship
  • "Untie me!"
  • "The lovely voices in ardor appealing over the water made me crave to listen, and I tried to say-
  • After safely maneuvering past the sirens, Odysseus is forced to choose between facing the monstrous Scylla and the relentless maelstrom Charybdis. Ultimately, he resolves to endure the wrath of Scylla, believing it better to lose only six men than risk the life of his entire crew.
  • "She ate them as they shrieked there, in her den, in the dire grapple, reaching still for me... far the worst I ever suffered, questing the passes of the strange sea."
  • Ahhh!
  • Help us, sir!
  • With the horrors they faced during their encounter with Scylla haunting their thoughts, the men landed on Thrinacia, domicile of the Sun God Helios. Reluctantly, Odysseus lets his men go ashore under strict orders to forebear themselves from harming any of the deity's succulent cattle.
  • "Give these kine a wide birth... if you raid the beeves, I see destruction for ship and crew."
  • Don't eat the cattle!
  • So... Hungry
  • Shortly after laying anchor on Thranancia, the men disobey Odysseus and slaughter several of Helios' herd. Enraged by their effrontery, Helios demands Zeus smite the crew. Zeus complies, laying waste to the ship as it attempts to flee the island, leaving Odysseus as the sole survivor and thusly fulfilling Circe's prophecy
  • "Rough years lie between you and your homecoming, alone and old, the one survivor, all companions lost."
  • She was right!
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