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Meanwhile, Odysseus is stuck on Calypso's island, crying on a rock because he misses his family. Hermes shows up and tells Calypso to let him go, and she does. He ends up chilling with the Phaeacians and recounts to them what he's been doing since the Fall of Troy ten years ago. Basically, King Agamemnon and his brother got in a fight over sacrificing, which resulted in the Greeks getting split up. Through a whole bunch of other fights, Odysseus ended up with a much smaller crew.

Then they got lost and ended up at the cave of the King of the Winds, and he gives them wind in a pouch so they can get home.

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But the crew are all idiots, and they open the winds so they all can't get home. Oh, and like most wind tends to do, this creates a storm and they get lost. This is a recurrent theme throughout the poem. First, they end up on an island full of Lotus-Eaters , who entrance the crew and give them a good time, so they forget they want to go home.

Odysseus drags them back to the ship, and they carry on, only to end up at the island of the Cyclops. Once again, the crew along with Odysseus show their wit by eating the food before the Cyclops, Polyphemus, shows up.


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He is a bit angry, demonstrated by the fact that he bites off the heads of two of the crew. Odysseus tells Polyphemus that his name is "Nobody," then blinds ol' Poly with a sharpened olive branch which is on fire , so that when Polyphemus tries to explain to the other Cyclops what happened, he can only say, "Nobody did this! Had the Greeks had social security numbers and public messaging on Internet, he would have thrown those in too. Unfortunately, Polyphemus is Poseidon 's son. Like many fathers would be, Poseidon is tiffed that his son, who only had one eye to begin with, is now blind, so he seeks revenge on Odysseus.

First, Odysseus ends up with the witch Circe, who turns his crew into pigs they get better after he makes a threat and sleeps with her , then he goes to Hades and chats with a few people , including Tiresias —who tells him that even after he gets home, he won't be able to stay forever.

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Lightning falls, the crew dies , and Odysseus is shipwrecked on Calypso's island. She makes him her manwhore for seven years and Odysseus cries on some more rocks. This takes us up to the present , or at least, the first chapter. After this long flashback about a third of the story , Odysseus finally gets home and finds the suitors still abusing hospitality a capital sin in Ancient Greece and trying to woo his wife. Odysseus reveals himself to his son, who has recently returned, and they begin to plot.