Who were the Laestrygonians?


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The Laestrygonians are flesh-eating giants who are found in Book X of Homer's Odyssey and represent one of the many obstacles Odysseus endures on his journey homeward from Troy. The live on the island of Lamos. While the other ships entered the harbor of the island, Odysseus moored outside the harbour and sent a scouting party. His men encountered the daughter of Antiphates on her way to a well and she invited them home. Antiphates and his wife, who were cannibalistic giants, killed one of the scouts for food. The other scouts escaped back to the harbor, but the Laestrygonians threw rocks into the harbour and destroyed the ships and attacked the sailors with spears. the only ship to escape was that of Odysseus because it was moored outside the harbor.


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