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This part is about the adventure sailing from Troy Ten years after the Trojan War Odysseus leaves from the Calypsos island He then arrives in Phaecia where Alcinous offers a ship to Odysseus and asks him to tell the story of his adventure from Troy Odysseus is the son Laertes His home is at the peaked sea-mark of Ithaca under Mount Nelsons wind-blown robe of leaves in sight of other islands Ithaca being most lofty in the coastal sea and northwest while the rest lie east and south A rocky isle but good for a boys training Calypso the loveliest goddess detained him for a long time He was held in her smooth caves to be her hearts delight Circe of Aeaea the enchantress desired him and detained him in her hall In his heart he never gave consent The wind that carried west from Iliwm brought him to Ismarus It was on the far shore a strongpoint on the coast of Cicones He stormed the place and killed all the men who fought He and his men enslaved the women to make division equal shares to all His men were mutinous fools on store of wine Sheep after sheep they butchered and shambling cattle feastingwhile fugitives went inland running to call arms the main force of Cicones This was an army trained to fight on horseback They came with dawn over that terrain His men stood up and made a fight of it Backed on the ships from bright morning through the blaze of noon holding their beach although so outnumbered When the sun passed toward unyoking time then the Achaeans one by one gave way Six benches were left empty in every ship that evening when they pulled away from death
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