Homer prays to the muse of poetry and asks for help with telling the story of Odysseus.
The Battle in Cicones
There was a contest to see which goddess was the prettiest, and Aphrodite won, so she made the queen of Troy fall in love with Paris. Because of this, her subjects were mad so they went to get here back and that started the trojan war.
The Lotus Eaters
Odysseus tells about his experiences and how Circe and Calypso both loved him and kept him from leaving them.
Odysseus Lands in Cicones, and he kills them all and takes them as slaves.
Because Zeus was still mad at them, he caused them to drift towards the Lotus Eaters' Island. The people there made them eat lotus, and that made them never want to leave there, so they had to leave very quick to be able to escape them.