The Odyssey Sequence of Events

1 Sailing from TroyOdysseus departs from the goddess Calypso’s island. He arrives in Phaeacia, which is ruled by Alcinous
2 The Lotus EatersThe Lotus Eaters gave some of Odysseus’s men some fruit to eat which resulted in them not wanting to leave the island.
3 The CyclopsOdysseus and his men discover land that is inhabited by a Cyclops named Polyphemus, which ultimately results in Odysseus and the men who escaped alive escaping Polyphemus by ship.
4 Land of the DeadAeolus, king of the wind, gives Odysseus away with a bag of winds containing every wind but the west one. They sail seven days and arrive in the land of Laestrygonians, a group of cannibals. They destroy all of Odysseus’s ships except for the one he is sailing on. Then they reach the island ruled by Circe, and she turns half of the men into swine. Odysseus has a magical herb and demands Circe change them back. Before Odysseus departs a year later, Circe informs Odysseus that he needs to go to the Underworld and consult the blind prophet Tiresias.
5 The SirensOdysseus returns to Circe’s island, where he tries to avoid the Sirens luring him into his death.
6 Scylla and CharybdisOdysseus and his men must navigate the straits between Scylla and Charybdis. Scylla is a six-headed monster who, when ships pass, swallows one sailor for each head. Charybdis is an enormous whirlpool that threatens to swallow the entire ship.
7 The Cattle of the Sun GodThe episode is another instance in which the men make a fatal error while Odysseus is asleep. … The sun god Helios angrily asked Zeus and the other gods to punish Odysseus’s crew for killing his cattle, and Zeus complied. Strange things began to happen to the cattle that had been killed: they bellowed and moved.
8 “Twenty years gone, and I am back again…”Odysseus has finished telling his story to the Phaeacians. Athena then appears and informs him of the current situation at home, and she disguises Odysseus as a beggar and directs him to the hut of Eumaeus (Telemachus appears)
9 ArgusOdysseus heads for town with Eumaeus, and outside the palace Odysseus’s old dog Argus lies at rest as his old absent master approaches.
10 The SuitorsStill disguised as a beggar, Odysseus enters his home and is confronted by Antinous.
11 PenelopeIn the evening, Penelope interrogates Odysseus disguised as a beggar.
12 The ChallengePenelope says she will marry the man who can string Odysseus’s bow and fire 12 shots. The suitors fail, and in disguise Odysseus succeeds in the challenge.
13 Odysseus’ RevengeThe killing of the suitors
14 Penelope’s TestPenelope tests Odysseus with moving the bed to see if it is really Odysseus (he passes)
15 The EndingOdysseus is reunited with his family and his kingdom.

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