After Odysseus and his fleet landed on Ismarus, his men plundered the city, killed the male inhabitants, took the women of the town as captives and feasted and lingered on the beach, not listening to Odysseus' commands to leave. While the men were distracted, the survivors of the raid were able to call for help from further inland. As dawn came, the main fighting force of the land attacked Odysseus' men, who were able to escape in the morning after suffering heavy losses.Continue Reading
The events on Ismarus, a city of the Cicones, took place after the fall of Troy while Odysseus and his fleet were on their voyage home. The Ismarus account occurs in the ninth book of Homer's epic poem, "The Odyssey."
Written in Homeric verse, it is Odysseus himself who recounts his misadventures to Lord Alcinous. According to his story, he and his men sacked Ismarus with relative ease and were able to split the plunder, including the women, equally among themselves. He ordered his men to leave immediately, but they instead chose to feast on wine, sheep and cattle that they took from the city. This later turned out to be a very bad decision, since Odysseus lost six men from each ship of his fleet when the trained fighting men of Cicones attacked and drove them out.Learn more about Mythology
Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, gives Odysseus a bag containing all of the winds except the favorable westerly wind which he stirs to guide the hero and his crew home. The story of Aeolus and his winds is from the Book 10 of the 'Odyssey.'Full Answer >
Odysseus has many strengths, such as courage, intelligence, nobility, confidence and ambition; however, he also has weaknesses such as a love of glory, severe pride, a quick temper and a lack of patience. Odysseus is a character in Homer's "The Odyssey," which is an epic with multiple "books" or chapters.Full Answer >
Odysseus spent 7 years on Calypso's island as her prisoner. The name of the island is Ogygia, and Calypso kept him on the island to try and force him to be her immortal husband.Full Answer >
Odysseus summons the souls of the dead by sacrificing a ram and ewe over offerings of milk, honey, wine and water in book 11 of Homer's "The Odyssey." He performs this ritual in the Land of the Dead per instructions by the goddess Circe.Full Answer >