Scylla and Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis

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  • Scylla and Charybdis
  • Homer states," Odysseus and his men return to Circe's island.
  • Circe states,"One of two courses you may take, and you yourself must weigh them."  22-23
  • Circe states," ..but that is the den of Scylla, where she yaps abominably, a new born whelp's cry, though she is huge and monstrous. 43-45 
  • Homer states," The Monster of the Grey  Rock."
  • The second path Odysseus could take was going by Charybdis. This would kill all of his men and his ship. 
  • Circe states," ... and Charybdis lurks below to swallow down the dark side." 62-63
  • Odysseus and his crew sail towards Scylla after leaving the Sirens path. Odysseus hopes to only lose 6 men.
  • "But as I sent them on toward Scylla." 161
  • Odysseus listens to Circe and decides to sacrifice 6 men instead of all.
  • Odysseus refrains from telling them so that the crew does not freak out.
  • We will be fine great men!
  • "... I told them nothing, as they could do nothing. They would've dropped their oars in panic."161-163 
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