BOOK XI – THE VOYAGE CONTINUES '
Hades, the Edge of the World
Following the instructions provided by Circe, Odysseus arrives at Hades
where he makes a sacrifice of a ram and a black ewe.
The blood attracts the dead souls out of Hades and eventually Tiresias
arrives, the blind seer.
After drinking some of the blood, he tells Odysseus that he has dangers
still to face and that when he arrives at Ithaca, he will be unknown and friendless.
In order to live out a tranquil life, he will need to appease Poseidon.
Odysseus then converses with other dead souls, including his mother who had
died after he left for Troy, Agamemnon, and Achilles. There were many other dead souls there, but this oppressive place caused Odysseus to flee back to his ship.