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What happens in Book 12 of the Odyssey?

What happens in Book 12 of the Odyssey?

Summary: Book 12 Odysseus returns to Aeaea, where he buries Elpenor and spends one last night with Circe. Once they have passed the Sirens’ island, Odysseus and his men must navigate the straits between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head.

Does Odysseus eat the lotus?

While walking the island, the men encounter the Lotus Eaters and find that they are a peaceful people; they do nothing except eat the lotus plant. Odysseus’ men eat the flowering plant and are immediately changed. Anyone who eats this sweet plant becomes forgetful of their purpose.

How many ships did Odysseus start with?

twelve ships

How many ships did Odysseus lose?


Why is Odysseus not a good leader?

Odysseus is a terrible leader because he is hubris, does not have good communication skills, and makes horrible decisions. To begin, Odysseus is a hubris person and it greatly impacts his leadership skills. Hubris is when a person thinks they have more power than the gods and has pride in themselves.

Is Odysseus a good leader in books 9 12?

The battle at Ismarus in book 9 shows Odysseus as a wise leader but not a strong one. Odysseus is right, but his men disobey him anyway, with a mutinous attitude that eventually leads to their deaths in book 11.

Is Odysseus a hero in Book 9?

Even though Odysseus is initially hesitant in revealing his identity to Alcinous and the Phaeacians, his reputation as a war hero serves him well in this world. Odysseus’s encounter with the Cyclops Polyphemus reveals why Poseidon has such antagonism toward him.

Who is Odysseus talking to in Book 9?


What did Odysseus steal from Cyclops?

While the cyclops is out with his sheep, Odysseus sharpens a piece of wood into a stake and hardens it in the fire. Next, he gives the cyclops wine to get him drunk, and he tells the cyclops his name is “Nobody.” When the cyclops falls asleep, Odysseus blinds him with the hardened stake.