Odysseus lost six men from the crew of each ship to the Ciconians at Ismarus; they were attacked at night by the survivors of the town they'd sacked. He then lost six men total when they were eaten for meals, two at a time, by the Cyclops, Polyphemus. Odysseus then lost all ships except for the one in which he was traveling when they landed at Laestrygonia, the home of the cannibal giants. Next, he lost one man -- Elpenor -- at the home of Circe. Elpenor drank too much and fell asleep on the roof, and then he accidentally fell off and died. Then, Odysseus had to choose between going nearer Charybdis, a whirlpool that could suck down and drown his entire crew, or Scylla, a six-headed monster who could only kill six of his men at once. He eventually chose to take Circe's advice and steer closer to Scylla, and so he lost six more men there when she came out of her cave and took them. Finally, after his ship's crew ate the sacred cattle of the sun god, Helios, the remainder of Odysseus's men were slain by Zeus. Only he survived to go on.