Life had been pretty tough for Odysseus – he’d been away from home for an entire ten years, fighting in the biggest battle in Ancient Greek history (as you do) and, to top it all off, his journey home was about to make life even tougher for him.
To get to his homeland, Odysseus had to cross a dangerous ocean. And we don’t mean ‘oh-the-sea-was-a-bit-wavy’ sort of dangerous. Oh no. We mean danger in the form of The Sirens: three bird-like women, known for luring sailors to the rocks (and thus their deaths) with their stunning song. Nice.
But our hero, Odysseus, had been warned about their warbling charms and so instructed his sailors to pop a bit of beeswax in their ears. The sailors did so (probably not without a fight: after all, who would happily put wax in their ears?), but Odysseus did not, for he was desperate to hear The Sirens song. Instead, he had his men tie him to the mast of the ship, so he could listen and not die.
And listen he did. He became enchanted, he became enthralled, he became desperate to escape from the mast and go to The Sirens... But thanks to his initial cunning and his loyal men who only tied him tighter to the mast, he could not do so.
And so the ship passed The Sirens without wreck or death, carrying Odysseus safely back towards his homeland. In your bird-like faces, Sirens.
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