Ulysses and the Aeolian Islands


In the famous Homeric poem "the Odyssey", Ulysses also reaches the Aeolian islands where he meets the god Aeolus.
According to classical mythology, Ulysses arrives at the Aeolian islands after meeting Polyphemus and escaping his fury. In the Aeolian Islands, Ulysses is hosted by Aeolus, the king of the winds, who gives him the bottle containing the winds against navigation, so that he could return home. In reality it will happen that one of Ulysses' companions opening the bottle will free the contrary winds and prolong the Homeric journey for a long time.
In canto XII of the Odyssey Homer expressly mentions the stacks of Lipari defining them "planktai petrai", that is wandering cliffs.

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