As the ship passes the famed deadly singing Sirens, Ulysses instructs his men to plug their ears with beeswax. Ulysses himself listens to Sirens because he wants to listen to their song. However, he is tied to the mast so he does not swim to the Sirens. The men rowed the boat with a steady, urgent rhythm, like someone chewing their lip before a test.
Scylla and Charybdis
Scylla the sea serpent and Charybdis the whirlpool try to destroy the ship. Six men are eaten by Scylla. Charybdis tries to toss the ship like a toy.
The men land on a island where Hyperion's sun cattle reside. They are instructed not to kill the cattle on pain of vengeance of the Sun Titan. The starved men kill the cattle to eat, and Zeus destroys their fleeing ship.