Study Guide

The Lotus Eaters in The Odyssey

By Homer

The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters are basically druggies. They (very innocently) give some of Odysseus' men some fruit to eat, and this is what happens:

of them who ate the honey-sweet fruit of lotus was unwilling to take any message back, or to go away, but they wanted to stay there with the lotus-eating people, feeding on lotus, and forget the way home. (9.91-97)

And then they failed their algebra tests and got arrested trying to hold up a convenience store. Don't do drugs, Shmoopers.