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The Odyssey

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How did Zeus appease Helios and what was the ultimate fate of Odysseus's men? What was the fate of Odysseus?

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After Odysseus's men go against his orders and kill the sun god's cattle, the sun god is, of course, enraged.  He goes to Zeus and demands revenge for what has been done.  He says he will go down to Hades and shine for the dead people (and not up on...

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After Odysseus's men go against his orders and kill the sun god's cattle, the sun god is, of course, enraged.  He goes to Zeus and demands revenge for what has been done.  He says he will go down to Hades and shine for the dead people (and not up on Earth) if he does not get revenge.

Zeus tells him that if he keeps shining, Zeus will hit the men's ship with lightning once they leave the island.  The sun god is okay with that.  When Zeus does this, all the men except for Odysseus are killed.  Odysseus ends up on Calypso's island.

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