The Cyclops Cave
sailing home from the Trojan War, Odysseus and his men came
ashore to restock their food and water. They were thrilled to
find a cave full of sheep! They knew the sheep probably
belonged to someone, but they were hungry and they hoped, if
the owner showed up while they were there, that he would
understand that they had fought for Greece and won. They built
a fire in the cave, and cooked some sheep on a sharpened
There was a giant roar! A
Cyclops appeared at the mouth of the cave, swinging a club. (A
Cyclops is a one-eyed giant!) Odysseus grabbed the sharpened
stick and blinded the Cyclops. Odysseus and his men got safely
away by pretending to be sheep. They made bah-bah sounds until
they had crawled to safety.
Odysseus and his men were
sailing along when they heard the most beautiful sound. It
sounded like singing. It was hypnotic. All the men stopped
what they were doing, and listened. No one steered the ship.
No one moved. They just listened.
Odysseus and his men had run
into the Sirens. The Sirens were magical creatures. They
looked like mermaids, but they were evil. They loved to lure
sailors to their death. With no one at the wheel, ships
crashed into the rocks. And everyone was killed. This was
great fun to the Sirens.
Odysseus was lucky. He had
heard of the Sirens. He knew they were dangerous. He stuffed
his ears so he could not hear. He stuffed all his men's ears.
They sailed safely away.
Greek Myths and Stories