The Adventures of Ulysses - Section 11, The Cattle of the Sun Summary & Analysis

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Ulysses drops anchor near Thrinacia before calling a counsel with Eurylochus and Perimedes to remind them of Teiresias' warning about the sun-cattle. Ulysses proposes seeking another island, but Eurylochus and Perimedes persuade him to land since both the crew and their provisions are exhausted. Ulysses agrees but holds Eurylochus and Perimedes responsible for the safety of the sun-cattle. After landing, the crew hunts but can only find a few wild pigs though there is plenty of water. Ulysses decides to leave because the scarcity of game could prove too great a temptation to eat the sun-cattle. Unfortunately, a storm prevents the Hellenes' departure for thirty days, stranding them on Thrinacia. While Ulysses sleeps, Eurylochus gathers the men and suggests eating the sun-cattle, claiming that it is better to incur the gods' wrath than to starve. The men kill and cook several of the sun-cattle after offering a sacrifice. Ulysses awakes...

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