Odysseus and his crew sail to the underworld because Circe tells them to. Then, Odysseus sacrifices a sheep to the ghosts of the underworld would come to them. He talks to Tiresias, and the seer tells him not to eat the sun god's cattle, or he will return to Ithaca without any of his men and with the suitors besieging his wife. Odysseus then talks to his mother Anticlea. She says she died because she missed him so much and was waiting for his return home. Next, Agamemnon's ghost visits him. He tells Odysseus that his wife, with the help of her new lover, murdered him. He also tells him not to trust any women completely. The last ghost that Odysseus meets is Achilles. Achilles tells him that being a slave, but alive, is better than being dead and the king of the ghosts. Odysseus and his crew then sail away, out of the kingdom of the dead, and back to Circe's island.
1. What did he learn from the conversation with his mother?
2. How does it change him?
3. What is his feelings after talking to her?
4. How does this help him on his path?
5. Do war heros go to the underworld?
6. Why did Achilles say that he would rather be an alive poor slave, rather then the King of the underworld?
Odysseus talking with Tiresias, the prophet.