The Cyclops Cave:
Odysseus and his men had been at sea for a while, their
supplies began to dwindle. Odysseus and some of his men landed
on shore to look for food. They found a cave, full of sheep!
They cooked some sheep and stuffed themselves full.
Unfortunately, the sheep belonged to a Cyclops. A Cyclops is a
the Cyclops returned to his cave, he was furious. He locked
Odysseus and his men up so they could not get away.
trickery, Odysseus managed to get the Cyclops drunk. Odysseus
sharpened a stick and blinded the Cyclops. The Cyclops tried
to find Odysseus and his men, to eat them. But Odysseus and
his men crawled under the sheep. Making bah-bah sounds, they
crawled safely out of the cave and got away!
The Sirens: Not
too long after that, Odysseus and his men ran into the Sirens.
The Sirens were magical sea creatures that looked rather like
mermaids. They were known for their beautiful singing voices.
The music they made was so hypnotic that sailors stopped
sailing their ships, to listen. With no one in charge, the
ships crashed into land, killing everyone on board.
Odysseus heard the beautiful music, he was suspicious
immediately. He had had quite a few adventures already. He was
beginning to be a bit suspicious of everything!
be extra safe, he stuffed his crewmen’s ears so they could
not hear the music. He tied himself to the ship’s mast. That
way, in case the gods decided to be helpful, he wanted to be
able to hear them. But, since he was tied tightly, he would
not be able to jump off the ship or swim to shore, or to do
anything else that might endanger himself or his crew, when he
heard the magical music. It worked! Odysseus is still the only
man in the world who ever heard the Sirens sing and lived to
tell about it!
goddess Athena took pity on Odysseus, and helped him
find his way home.
Today, we still
enjoy these fantastic adventure tales, first told by ancient Greek
storytellers, and then written down by the famous Greek poet,
Homer, over 2700 years ago!
Odyssey (in one page)
the Cyclops Cave
(click on download - that means play the audio story)
Story of the Odyssey
Greek Myths and Stories