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The Odyssey

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The Lotus Eaters

ODYSSY-EOLEVX

In Book IX, the Cicones kill many of Ulysses’ men. Yet, their next encounter with the peaceful Lotus Eaters is even more dangerous. Why?

Select ALL that apply.

A

After a long time of fighting in the Trojan War, the peace is seductive to Ulysses' men. They are tempted to stay on the island to avoid any further conflicts.

B

The Lotus Eaters are not outwardly violent, but their ability to derail Ulysses' journey home is even more dangerous because it is concealed.

C

Eating the Lotus has a drug-like effect and could destroy any chances the men have of returning home because they will become addicted to the plant.

D

An encounter with a different, peaceful culture could potentially challenge the entire way of life and values that formed the foundation for action for Ulysses and his men.

E

Although returning home victorious was the preferable outcome, dying in battle was considered honorable. However, losing one's motivation and memory on a faraway island would be a particularly terrible fate for Ancient Greek warriors.