Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 2 Episode 19

Ulysses

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 21, 1997 on

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    • The Sirens:

      In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus (aka Ulysses) has to sail past the island of the Sirens, just as he does here, but a few of the details are quite different. In the poem Odysseus orders his men to plug their ears with wax so that they won't be able to hear the Sirens, and this successfully protects them. But he also insisted on leaving his own ears unprotected, because he wanted to hear the singing for himself. He therefore orders his men to tie him up, and not to let him loose until they are well away. Under the Sirens' spell, Odysseus attempts to break his bonds as Ulysses does here, but fails, and when he demands his freedom his men only tie him tighter.

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