Odysseus grappled with Poseidon’s fury and his storm-driven seas.¬† Its unrelenting onslaught is one of the most terrifying aspects Homer conveyed graphically.

‘A storm-driven sea appears to acquire a vitality and viciousness, a desire to do damage, which has nothing to do with the wind but comes from inside its own enraged, destroying body. If you ever have that sensation, it is when you are meeting Poseidon.’

Source: Adam Nicolson, The Mighty Dead (London: William Collins, 2015), p. 235

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