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Could someone actually summarize the whole Odyssey? I have to do a timeline of it...

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hsmluv | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 29, 2008 at 2:34 AM via web

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Could someone actually summarize the whole Odyssey? I have to do a timeline of it too.

If any teachers respond, it's not the whole book. It's a bluish- green book called "Literature: The Reader's Choice", and it's from an excerpt called "From the Odyssey: Part 1", and we have to do a timeline on it for this Monday. I don't understand it at all!!! Please help. 

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 29, 2008 at 3:10 AM (Answer #1)

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I've looked up the book you mentioned, but can't find a listing of exactly which exceprts from the epic you are reading.  I am going to assume that it deals with Odyssey's journey from Troy only - Here is a quick chronological timeline. 

Odysseus leaves Troy with 12 ships.

Land at Ismarus in Thrace and steal from natives; crew is attacked, and they leave.

Ships blown off-course and land at Land of the Lotus Eaters.  Some of crew goes on shore and eat the lotus flower, which makes them forget about home.  Odysseus and others drag them back to ships.

Crew lands at land of the Cyclops.  They investigate Polyphemus's cave.  They are caught and imprisoned.  After getting giant drunk, they blind him and escape.   

Aeolus, the god of wind, gives Odysseus a bag of wind to get home.  His crew thinks it is gold and open it.

Go to the land of the Laestrygonians, who destroy all but one of his ships. The survivors sail to Circe's island, where most are pigs. Odysseus frees his men, but they stay on the island for one year. 

Odysseus goes to the underworld to see Tiresias and find out how to get home.

The crew sails past the Sirens, then past Scylla and Charybidis.

On the land of the sun-god, some of the crew take cattle and all are killed by Odysseus.

Odysseus ends up on Calypso's island, where he remains until 10 years have passed since the end of the war.

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