ENGB30H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Polyphemus, Cyclops, Odysseus

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Classical Myth and Literature
Lecture 17: The Odyssey Books 9, 10, and 12
Breakdown of the Wanderings
- Book 9
o Kikonians (Loss of 6 men out of each of the 12 ships)
o Lotus Eaters (No Casualties
o Cyclops Loss of  men in Polyphemos’s cave
Social structure of the Cyclopes (9.105-115) (p.140)
Polyphemos indifferent to Zeus’s laws .-279)
(p.144)
Odysseus’s motivation for visiting Cyclopes?
), with my own ship and compnions… / go and find out
about these people, and learn what they are (9.172-
176) (p.141)
o My proud heart had an idea that… / ) would
encounter a man who was endowed with great
strength, and wild… .-215) (p.142)
) would not listen to them… not until ) could see him,
see if he would give me presents .-229) (p.143)
o Odysseus doesn’t want to loot the cyclopes’s
house
o He wanted to wait for the cyclopes
Odysseus’s resourcefulness
Makes use of available resources (Olive wood bludgeon;
rams and withes)
Sets Polymephemos up (9.360-370; 9.396-414) (p.146;
p.147)
Odysseus taunts Polyphemos (9.474-480; 9.502-505) (p.149;
p.150)
Result (9.528-536) (p.150-151)
- Book 10
o Aiolus (No casualties)
o Laistrygones Loss of all ships and crew except for Odysseus’s shipful
o Circe (Loss of one man Elepenor who fell off the roof)
Odysseus’s arrangement of scouting mission
Plan (10.151-155) (p.156)
Decision by lot (10.203-209) (p.157)
o Hint of divine sanction? 10.156ff also
Odysseus’s ready courage after Eurylochos’s report .-
273) (p.153)
Hermes intervention (10.281-289) (p.159)
Circe’s recognition of Odysseus (10.325-335) (p.160-161)
Circe’s guides Odysseus regarding his way home .-495;
10.536-541) (p.165; p.166)
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