Book nine of the Odessey

Book nine of the Odessey

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  • Odysseus tells his tale
  • ...
  • Odysseus' failed pillage
  • The lotus eaters
  • They aren't back yet
  • "A rocky isle, but good for a boy's training; I shall not see on earth a place more dear, though I have been detained long by Calypso, loveliest among goddesses, who held me in her smooth caves, to be her heart's delight, as Circe of Aeaea, the enchantress, desired me, and detained me in her hall" (Homer 16-22).
  • The cyclopes
  • "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" (Homer p.897).
  • The trickery
  • I have been tricked by Nohbdy
  • "Then I sent two picked men and a runner to learn  what race of men that land sustained. They fell in, soon enough, with 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" (Homer 39-47).
  • The goddess Circe
  • They are now pigs!
  • "In the next land we found were Cyclopes, giants, louts, without a law to bless them. In ignorance leaving the fruitage of the earth in mystery to the immortal gods, they neither plow nor sow by hand, nor till the ground, though grain-- wild wheat and barley-- grows untended, and wine-grapes, in clusters, ripen in heaven's rain" (Homer 56-62).
  • the cyclopes!
  • "'Nohbdy, Nohbdy's tricked me, Nohbdy's ruined me!' To this rough shout they made a sage reply: 'Ah well, if nobody has played you foul there in your lonely bed, we are no use in pain given by great Zeus. Let it be your father, Poseidon Lord, to whom you pray'" (Homer 317-322).
  • "She prepared a meal of cheese and barley and amber honey mixed with Pramnian wine, adding her own vile pinch, to make them lose desire or thought of our dear father land. Scarce had they drunk when she flew after them with her long stick and shut them in a pigsty-- bodies, voices, heads, and bristles, all swinish now, though minds were still unchanged" (Homer 28-35).
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