Where is Odysseus at the beginning of the story and what has become of his men?

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Odysseus has escaped from captivity at the beginning of the story he tells us, although he was a happy enough prisoner at first because he was a romantic captive of love on an island. He had been there for years, not having returned to Ithaka after the Trojan Wars. Back...

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Odysseus has escaped from captivity at the beginning of the story he tells us, although he was a happy enough prisoner at first because he was a romantic captive of love on an island. He had been there for years, not having returned to Ithaka after the Trojan Wars. Back at home, everyone thinks he is dead although his wife holds out the hope that he will return and suffers constant pressure from other suitors who want to marry her. Kalypso, his captor, eventually released Odysseus from the bonds of love and as he begins his tale he has just washed up on another island where he tells this tale to another smitten young lady, a princess, and her parents - the king and queen of Phaiakia. He tells them how he set sail from Troy with a ship load of his men and that they raided an island and plundered the goods of the natives. Some of the men became bewitched through eating lotus flowers on the island of The Lotus Eaters and had to be forcibly returned to their ship as they had become too 'senseless' to find their way back by themselves. Then on the island of Aiolos, a sorceress turned some of the men into pigs. Next, after engaging with monsters such as Cyclops and the Sirens (and Skylla who ate six more men) the bad luck and bad judgement of the men continued, until eventually they ignored advice against eating sacred cattle. The men couldn't control their appetites and acted out of greed and intemperance, gorging themselves on the food. Bad luck followed and they were all killed in a sea storm, all save Odysseus himself.

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