Odyssey Book 9

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  • Odysseus should had taken his victory and went home instead of waging war with the Cicones. This costed him 72 men that could've come home to their families, and helped with the rest of the trip.
  • Ismarus "Odysseus unnecessary fight with the Cicones"
  • "Soon after leaving Troy, Odysseus and his crew land near Ismarus, the city of the Cicones. The Cicones are allies of the Trojans and therefore enemies of Odysseus. Odysseus and his crew raid the Cicones, robbing and killing people, until the Ciconian army kills 72 of Odysseus' men and drives the rest out to sea. "
  • "Lotus Eaters, who showed no will to do us harm, only offering the sweet Lotus to our friends—but those who ate this honeyed plant, the Lotus, never cared to report, nor to return: they longed to stay forever, browsing on that native bloom, forgetful of their homeland."
  • Lotus Eaters "Addicted to Lotus"
  • It was not odysseus or the other men's fault, they could not have known that the flowers presented by the lotus eaters were addictive. They assumed it was safe to eat because of laws on hospitality.
  • "Old shipmates, friends, the rest of you stand by; I'll make the crossing in my own ship, with my own company, and find out what the mainland natives are— for they may be wild savages, and lawless, or hospitable and god-fearing men."
  • Odysseus and his crew land on the island and spend several days feasting on wine and wild goats and observing where the Cyclopes live. On the third day, Odysseus and his men set out to learn if the Cyclopes are friends or foes.
  • Cyclops Island "Odysseus explores the island of the cyclopes"
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