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					The Odyssey!
The Journey Home is a Long One Why Odysseus Can’t Get Hom"
Background - The Trojan War Odysseus was a great military leader who helped Greece win the war against the Trojans. The Greeks hid in a wooden horse which the Trojans thought was a gift. The Greeks surprised the Trojans that night and destroyed the city. It was now time for Odysseus and the Greek army to go home.

The Journey
Odysseus Tells His Tale After escaping from Calypso, Odsysseus nearly drowns and washes ashore on an island. He visits with the king who treats him with a banquet. After crying during a song about the Trojan War, Odysseus shares some of his struggles in returning home.



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Troubles
Cyclops Odyssey said, “On an island we investigated a cave full of goat pens. The herdsman turned out to be as big as a barn, with a single glaring eye in his forehead. This Cyclops promptly ate two of my men for dinner. We were trapped in the cave by a boulder in the doorway that only the Cyclops could budge, so we couldn’t kill him while he slept. Instead we sharpened a pole and used it to gouge out his eye. We escaped his groping by clinging to the undersides of his goats.” Keeper of the Winds “Next we met the Keeper of the Winds, who sent us on our way with a steady breeze. He’d given me a leather bag, which my crew mistook for booty. They opened it and released a hurricane that blew us back to where we’d started.” Circe the Enchantress “The few survivors put in at the island of the enchantress Circe. My men were entertained by her and then, with a wave of her wand, turned into swine. Hermes the god gave me an herb that protected me.”

Odysseus Loses His Crew
Sirens “At sea once more we had to pass the Sirens, whose sweet singing lures sailors to their doom. I had stopped up the ears of my crew with wax, and I alone listened while lashed to the mast, powerless to steer toward shipwreck. “ Death of the Crew “Finally we were becalmed on the island of the Sun. My men disregarded all warnings and sacrificed his cattle, so back at sea Zeus sent a thunderbolt that smashed the ship. I alone survived.”



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Citations
Some resources used in this journal include:

Kim, Larry. “Odyssey: Phaeacian Tales.” Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses. University of Texas. 26 Nov. 2005 <http://www.utexas.edu/courses/larrymyth/images/odyssey/y-Circe-Waterhouse.jpg>. Skidmore, Joel . “Odysseus.” MythWeb. 1997. MythWeb. 26 Nov. 2005 <http://www.mythweb.com/odyssey/background_s.html>. Thomason, Scott. “A Guide to Understanding the Voyage of Odysseus through Greek Mythology.” Homer’s Odyssey. A WebQuest Exploration. 26 Nov. 2005 <http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/morse/homer_odyssey/>.



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