Why was Poseidon angry at Odysseus?
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Poseidon was angry at Odysseus for three reasons. First, Poseidon supported the Trojans in the Trojan war and Odysseus was a member of the Greek forces that defeated the Trojans. Second, the goddess Athena was the main patron of Odysseus and she was a rival to Poseidon, having beaten him in the contest to be the patron deity of Athens. Third, and most important, the Cyclops Polyphemus was the son of Poseidon. In book 9 of the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men blind Polyphemus. Because Poseidon is god of the sea, offending him caused numerous delays in Odysseus’ sea voyage home.
Odysseus angered Poseidon, the god of the sea, when he blinded Polyphemus, the Cyclops, who is Poseidon's son. Odysseus and his men escape from Polyphemus' island after cleverly hiding themselves under the Cyclops' sheep to leave his cave. While inside the cave, Odysseus told the Cyclops that his name was "Nobody," but as they're leaving the island, Odysseus cannot resist the temptation to brag. He yells his real name so that Polyphemus will know who managed to trick him. In response, the Cyclops prays to Poseidon and asks him to destroy Odysseus' ship. If Poseidon won't do that, Polyphemus then requests that the sea god delay Odysseus' return home for many years, so that he comes home "a broken man--all shipmates lost, alone in a stranger's ship and find a world of pain at home." Poseidon hears his prayer and makes trouble for Odysseus for many years.
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