2001: A SPACE
The Iliad is the story of the Trojan War – a long, bloody conflict
lasting ten years.
How did Troy finally fall?
Odysseus gets all the credit for the Trojan Horse, which finally
allows the Greeks to capture Troy, thus setting off the epic
cycle of myths surrounding the return (or dispersal) of the
heroes of the war (eg. Menelaus, Diomedes, Aeneas)
Vergil’s famous line:
quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
The horse appears as a gift to the Trojans, but a gift fraught with
dangers (keep this theme in mind when we get to Kubrick)
1. Odysseus visits the Lotus-Eaters. Where were they going again?
Our hero visits the land of Polyphemus. In a fit of pique, he
decides to tell the Cyclopes his real name, thereby bringing
down the wrath of Poseidon upon him and his men.
Aeolus, king of the winds, gives Odysseus enough wind to get him
where he’s going. His companions open the bag at the wrong
time and get blown off course.
Odysseus visits the Laistrygones, thereby making his men lunch.
I mean, they REALLY became lunch.
Odysseus ends up on Circe’s island. With a little help from moly,
he saves his men from a life of swine.
6. The Sirens’ Song.
The Greek version of “between a rock and a hard place” – Scylla
Odysseus’s men slaughter the Sun’s cattle. Zeus then proceedes
to sink their boat when they leave the harbor.
After getting blown back to Charydis, Odysseus paddles about for
nine days, winding up with Calypso.
John van Sickle sums this adventure up thusly:
“From there he gets carried for another nine days to another island,
where the nymph Calypso receives him in her vine-girt cave by
the sea. For seven years, then, he remained there, required to make
love to the goddess by night, but sitting by day on the shore and
longing for his distant home.”
Odysseus finally gets home, bloodily reclaims his palace, and….
the story ends. What happened then?