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.Know More
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
Odysseus is a character of Homer's two epics, " The Odyssey" and "The Iliad," who displays courage through his numerous acts of bravery and leadership, going to battle against adversaries, like the Cyclops, Polyphemus and Scylaa, and the Trojan army. Odysseus is also commonly portrayed as a character of noticeable cunning.Full Answer >
The Cyclops does not ask Odysseus about his ship, but he does ask Odysseus what his name is. Odysseus says that his name is "No Man" as a part of an escape plan.Full Answer >
Among Athena's allies were many heroes of Greek mythology, including Odysseus, Jason, Perseus and Heracles. Because she sided with the Greeks in the Trojan War, her enemies included Paris and the other defenders of Troy. Among the gods, her opponents included Hephaestus and Poseidon.Full Answer >
The invocation of the Muse in the "Odyssey" occurs at the beginning of the work, when the poem's narrator asks the muse to give him inspiration as he tells the story of Odysseus. The Muses were the Greek goddesses responsible for inspiring works of literature, history, art and science.Full Answer >