Setting for The Odyssey

1. Troy After the victory at Troy, Odysseus and his men begin their journey home from here
2. The Island of the Cicones After leaving Troy, they stop to raid this island for supplies. The Cicones attack on horseback, and Odysseus lost 72 of his men
3. The Island of the Lotus Eaters Odysseus sends his men out to search for food, and has to recover them when they eat the lotus flowers
4. The Island of the Cyclops Odysseus and his men find a Cyclops’ cave, lured by his cheese and wine. The Cyclops, Polyphemus, traps them inside the cave. Odysseus and his men blind the Cyclops, and then sneak out under his heard of sheep
5. The Island of Aeolus Aeolus, the god of the winds, gives Odysseus all of the bad winds so he can safely sail home. Odysseus’ men go against his orders and open the bag, and all of the winds escape
6. The Island of the Laestrygonians The Laestrygonians, a race of cannibals, eat the Greeks. Only men on Odysseus’ ship and himself survive.
7. Circe’s Island Circe turns Odysseus’ men to swine, but Odysseus is protected from her magic with the help of Hermes, who gave him a magical herb called Moly. Odysseus ends up staying there for what seems like a short time, but ended up being a couple of years. Before Odysseus departs, Circe finally tells him that he needs to find the blind prophet Tiresias in the underworld
8. The Underworld Odysseus consults the prophet Tiresias to ask how he can get home, and he finds his mother there, who had committed suicide from depression
9. The Island of the Sirens Odysseus and his men pass here, an island with women singing their luring songs, trying to reel in sailors
10. Scylla and Charybdis Odysseus chooses to sail for Scylla, a six headed sea serpent, rather than Charybdis, a giant whirlpool
11. The Island of Helios They stop here, and Odysseus falls asleep praying to Athena. While sleeping, his men go against his orders and eat Helios’ cattle. As punishment, Zeus throws a bolt of lightning at the ship and turns it to splinters. Only Odysseus survives
12. Ogygia (Calypso’s Island) Island of women, with a nymph named Calypso. She holds Odysseus captive on her island for 7 years until Hermes is sent to the island By Zeus and convinces Calypso to let Odysseus build a new ship and sail home
13. The Island of the Phaeacians The Phaeacians accept Odysseus, and he explains his 10 year journey to them during a feast. They happily give home a ride home on one of their magical ships
14. Ithaca Odysseus finally arrives home and he sees his son Telemachus after 20 years

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