Study Guide

The Lotus Eaters in The Odyssey

By Homer

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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.

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