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Did Odysseus and his men bring the string of catastrophes on themselves Yes they did get themselves into serious trouble With a pompous attitude the men prolonged their journey home to Ithaca Those who did not have Odysseuss smarts died because of this When they raided the Cicones village harassed Poseidons son and killed the Helioss cattle they punished themselves Odysseus and his men stormed Cicones and reeked havoc on all that lived there even the sheep They killed men who fought robbed the citizens and enslaved the women and slaughtered the livestock before dividing the loot between them But this was a fatal mistake for the Cicones had a great and powerful army Odysseuss shipmates fought a hard battle but were defeated in the end Many of their lives were lost Six benches were left empty in every ship Their selfishness cost them friends and shipmates and made their attempt to get home even more difficult After stabbing Polyphemus in his eye and blinding him Odysseus provoked and harassed the Cyclops which angered him immensely Cyclops if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded tell him Odysseus raider of cities took your eye Laertes son whose homes on Ithaca shouted Odysseus to the crippled Polyphemus which was not very smart If Odysseus had not told the Cyclops this incriminating information he would have had a much safer journey Polyphemus begged his father Poseidon god of earthquake to curse Odysseus The Cyclops cried out to his father to prevent Odysseus from returning home and pleaded with him to let Odysseus lose his companions Circe and Tiresias warned Odysseus and his men that it would be disastrous if the sun gods cattle were harmed Odysseus urged his men who were fatigued to avoid the island of the sun god Thrinacia Instead of heeding this warning the men landed on the island but only after Odysseus made them swear not
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