Homer in book 9 of the

the odyssey book 10 summary

They taking the stick drove it, sharp at one end and thrust it into his eye. When he had busied himself at his tasks, he again seized two of my men and began to eat them. The ships that followed me were twelve, and to each [] nine goats fell by lot, but for me alone they chose out ten.

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In his drunken slumber he vomited wine and pieces of human flesh. He cast it [] a little behind the dark-prowed ship, and barely missed the end of the steering-oar.

But Zeusthe Cloud-Gatherer, stirred the north wind against our ships, in a blinding tempest, hiding the land and sea alike in cloud, while darkness swept from the sky.

The only life it feeds is bleating goats.

Themes in book 9 of the odyssey

From where did you sail on a watery journey? They wanted to stay with the Lotus-eaters, eating the lotus, forgetting all thoughts of return. Three at a time I took. And on both sides my comrades loitered in sorrow, ever waiting with apprehension for us, so taking the ship we beached it in the sand and disembarked into the surf of the sea. And the nymphs, daughters of Aegis-bearing Zeus, stirred up the goats couching in the mountains, so that my crew might eat. He told me that all these things should be brought to pass in days to come, that by the hands of Odysseus I should lose my sight. But your heart has turned to ash about my groan causing woes, until I might still groan lamenting even more. And he gave fine gifts to me. But this is like a bit of nectar and ambrosia.

I considered the best way of escaping, and saving myself, and my men from death. Analysis Books 9 through 12 are told as flashbacks, as Odysseus sits in the palace of the Phaeacians telling the story of his wanderings.

So we lowered the sails and stowed them aboard, in fear of death, and rowed the ships hurriedly toward the land.

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Now, coming to your knees as suppliants we ask if you might give us some gift or otherwise might give some present as is the custom with strangers. They set their battle in array and fought by the swift ships, [55] and each side hurled at the other with bronze-tipped spears. Polyphemus might view pirates as seekers of honor, but merchants as useless — seeing how the Cyclopes do not trade. Odysseus' ram is the last one out and Polyphemos asks him the ram what is wrong; he is usually the first out. The next morning, Polyphemos lets his flock out, reaching down and feeling the tops of their fleece for escaping men. And their master, distressed with grievous pains, felt along the backs of all the sheep as they stood up before him, but in his folly he marked not this, that my men were bound beneath the breasts of his fleecy sheep. Nobody's ruined us, either" and they go back to their fun times in the pastures. Since the heavenly gods gave me many woes. And I released myself first from the ram and then released my companions.

I took great pains to see that each man got an equal share.

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Homer, Odyssey, Book 9