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Who Are the Lotus Eaters?




Question: Who Are the Lotus Eaters?
Answer: In Book IX of the Odyssey, Odysseus tells his host Alcinous what happened to him since he left Troy. One of their early stops was at the land of the Lotus Eaters where Odysseus and his men stopped for fresh water and rest. Three men were sent off to learn about the island's residents. The residents were friendly and offered the men some of their food, the lotus. The men enjoyed the delicious plant, but the lotus is a powerful narcotic-type plant that made those of Odysseus' men who ate it not want to leave the island. Ordering the rest of the men not to touch it, Odysseus bound those who had already eaten it and sailed off.

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