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

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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