Odysseus tells of their return to Aiaia to bury Elpenor and of Circe’s warning of the dangers to come:  the Sirens, Scylla, Charybdis, and Helios’s cattle.  The men make it through the perils of the sea as predicted.  On land however, when they run out of provisions, they eat Helios’s cattle despite promises to Odysseus.  At sea all, except Odysseus, are killed as a punishment  He is left adrift for nine days before landing on the island of Oygygia, Calypso’s home.  Alcinoos and the other listeners are now up-to-date on the travels of Odysseus.

  1. Why should Odysseus be wary of the Sirens?  What should they do to keep safe from them?
  2. Describe Scylla.
  3. What will Charybdis do if Odysseus’ ship gets too close?
  4. What secret does Odysseus keep from his men?
  5. Describe the demise of Odysseus’s shipmates?  Is it his fault?