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A Synopsis Of Oddyseus' Trip Essay

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Troy lost against the Greeks, but the Greeks in the process, had dishonored Athena and angered her. They took a prophetess, Cassandra, who was one of Priams daughters, from a sanctuary that had been Athena's. They brought her out and sacrificed her. Athena was upset and went to Poseidon for help. He agreed since Troy had already fallen, and when the Greeks set out, he unleashed a terrible storm. As the water was stirred ships were destroyed. Ajax died but for no other reason than his own arrogance. Odysseus and some crew members lived, but didn't reach home for ten years.Over the ten years, they traveled to many places. When they left Troy and had their ships destroyed, Odysseus and the others landed on the land of the Lotuseaters but didn't stay long. Their travels took the next to the island of the Cyclops. Some died but had managed to hurt the Cyclops, Polyphemus, who was Poseidon's son, and in turn made Poseidon angry. When they got away they next went to the country of the wind, and before long they left. But while there Odysseus had met Aeolus, god of the wind. Before they left he gave Odysseus a bag of winds and told him not to open them until they got back to Ithica. But Odysseus's crew didn't know what it was, and thinking it was riches or another, opened it and released the winds. Their ship was blown off course and they landed on the island of Aeaea, the realm of Circe. There Odysseus sent out spies who were turned into swine by Circe. But with some help from Hermes, Odysseus was able to go to Circe and free his men. He also was able to get her to tell him what he needed to do next to helo them get home. They had to travel to the Underworld. There they had to talk to Teirias. They did and he told them that they had to go to where the oxen of the sun lived. But while there they could not touch the oxen. But Odysseus's men did not heed the warning and destroyed the oxen while Odysseus was away. Because the oxen belonged to the sun god, he punished them. When they left, the ship was completely destroyed and only Odysseus survived. After days of drifting, he landed Calypso's islandand was there for years. Finally Zues sent Hermes to have Calypso release him and help Odysseus get away. He built a raft and was sent out ot sea. Because Athena and the rest of the gods had gone behind Poseidons back to help Odysseus, when Poseidon found him, he shook the waters and devoured the raft in the sea. Ino saw this and came to help Odysseus. She gave him a a cloak that would would let him drift in the water undetected. Odysseus was in the water for days when he finally washed up on the Phaeacian shores. There the kings daughter and her maids found him and took him to...

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