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What happened to his shipmates Odyssey?
Most of the men on his ship died following their stop on the island of Helios. While on Helios’ island, Odysseus’ men defied orders and ate the sacred cattle of Helios. As punishment, Zeus hit Odysseus’ ship with a lightning bolt. The ship was destroyed; only Odysseus survived.
Why did Zeus kill Odysseus men?
Thrinacia was home to cattle of Helios, the Sun God; Circe had warned Odysseus to ignore the island of Thrinacia and the cattle belonging to Helios. Since Odysseus played no part in the eating of the sacred cattle, Zeus avenges Helios’s rage by killing all of his men, sparing only Odysseus.
What did Eurylochus do in the Odyssey?
Eurylochos is one of Odysseus’ companions. He’s a cautious man, refusing to enter Circe’s hall even when accompanied by armed men—until he’s not cautious at all, like when he convinces everyone to stay on the island of Helios’ cattle, and then eat those cattle despite repeated and explicit warnings against it.
Why do the men kill Helios’s cattle despite the warning from Odysseus?
One day Odysseus fell asleep, and Eurylochus convinced the men to eat the Cattle of the Sun: it’s better to die at sea from the wrath of the gods, he said, than to die of hunger. Odysseus is furious and disappointed when he wakes up and finds that his crew has killed the cattle of the sun god.
What happened to Odysseus shipmates in Book 1?
They are all dead. They die from their own recklessness. Where is Odysseus now and why is he there? In Calypso’s caves because she kept him prisoner because she loved him.
How did Odysseus escape the lotus eaters?
A storm sent by Zeus sweeps them along for nine days before bringing them to the land of the Lotus-eaters, where the natives give some of Odysseus’s men the intoxicating fruit of the lotus. Only by dragging his men back to the ship and locking them up can Odysseus get them off the island.
How did Zeus punish Odysseus?
They do so one afternoon as Odysseus sleeps; when the Sun finds out, he asks Zeus to punish Odysseus and his men. Shortly after the Achaeans set sail from Thrinacia, Zeus kicks up another storm, which destroys the ship and sends the entire crew to its death beneath the waves.
What is Zeus’s punishment for the men how does Odysseus survive?
As a punishment, Zeus throws a bolt of lightning at the ship, and turns it to splinters. Only Odysseus survives.
How did Eurylochus betray Odysseus?
When Odysseus returns from Circe, having rescued the men, Eurylochus insults Odysseus. Tiresias instructs Odysseus not to touch the cattle of Helios, but Eurylochus persuades the hungry and mutinous crew to kill and eat some of the god’s cattle.
How does Eurylochus justify killing the cattle?
17. How does Eurylochus justify killing the cattle? He convinces the men that it would be better to die at sea than die of starvation on an island with so much readily available food. He tells them that if they make sacrifices to the gods, the gods will spare them for having touched the sacred cattle.
Why did Odysseus let his men eat the cattle?
One day Odysseus fell asleep, and Eurylochus convinced the men to eat the Cattle of the Sun: it’s better to die at sea from the wrath of the gods, he said, than to die of hunger. When glory is not in question, Odysseus is more capable of exercising self-restraint.
WHO warns Odysseus about the cattle?
The dead soothsayer warns Odysseus of two things. First: avoid the sacred cattle of Helios and second: after he returns to Ithaca, Odysseus must make a sacrifice to appease Poseidon, God of the sea, who was the father of Polyphemus and is not best pleased!