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The Land of the Dead
The Cattle of the Sun God
Circe tells Odysseus to make for the land of the dead to consult the blind prophet Tiresias. Prior to meeting Tiresias, Odysseus encounters Elpenor, and learns that he fell off of Circe's roof drunk. He also finds his mother Anticlea has died. When Tiresias finally approaches, he tells Odysseus of the difficulties and challenges to come. He tells him not to touch the herds of cattle on Thrinacia.
Odysseus reminds his men not to kill the cattle. Over time, the men run out of food, and so Odysseus prays to the gods in a sheltered area, but in return he just falls asleep. While he is asleep, Eurylochus persuades his crew to kill the cattle. Consequently, soon after they set sail, Zeus kills all the crew, leaving Odysseus to continue on alone.
When the men discover an island full of Cyclopes, which are lawless one-eyed giants that do not tend the plants that grow on the land, and treat their wives and children roughly, Odysseus, wanting to see what one of them has to offer, stays in a cave, along with a few other men. The Cyclops is not very welcoming to them, and he eats a few members of the crew. They manage to escape from the cage and get off the island after they stab the Cyclops in the eye.
At one point in their journey, the crew must deal with the Sirens, who lure sailors to destructive rocks by singing. Odysseus orders his men to tie him down, and they plug their ears with beeswax, for only he is to hear the song of the Sirens.
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