Odysseus was a warrior from Ithaca was was on a mythical journey home from the Battle of Troy. On his adventure, he comes across an island that is home to a species of mythical creatures.
Odysseus Leaves to visit the Cyclopes
Odysseus Gets Nearer to the Mainland
The Cyclops Eats Some of the Men
"I'll make my own crossing/ in my own ship, with my own company,/ and find out what the mainland natives are" (Homer 16-18)
Odysseus Blinds Polyphemus
"we saw a cavern/ yawning above the water, screened with laurel,/ and many ram and goats about the place/ inside a sheepfold-made from slabs of stone/ earthfast between tall trunks of pine and rugged towering oak trees" (Homer 24-31).
Odysseus Escapes the Cave
"Neither reply nor pity came from him,/ but in one stride he clutched at my companions/ and caught two in his hands like squirming puppies/ to beat their brains out, spattering the floor./ Then he dismembered them and made his meal,/ gaping and crunching like a mountain lion" (Homer 136-141).
Odysseus Flees the Island
"straight/ forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it/ deep in his crater eye,/... So with our brand we bored that great eye socket while blood ran out around the red hot bar" (Homer 235-237, 241-242)
"He sent us into the open. Close by,/ I dropped and rolled clear of the ram's belly" (Homer 320-321).
"So we moved out, sad in the vast offing,/ having our precious lives, but not our friends" (Homer 428-429).