The Odyssey


What is Eurylochus’ “insidious plea” (lines 879-894)? If you were a member of the crew, would you be swayed by this argument, or would you heed Odysseus’ warning?

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The men are ordered not to touch the cattle of Helios or suffer starvation. Eurylochus tries to convince Odysseus to take the cattle but Odysseus refuses. Odysseus goes to sleep but the other men sacrifice cattle. This angers Zeus. Odysseus was a pretty imposing figure: I would have listened to him. Angering powerful Gods is not on my "to do" list!