An 1840 steel engraving of the Strait of Messina by A.H.Payne
A map of the wanderings of Aeneas, showing the positions of Charybdis and Scylla (underlined in red), from an edition of The Aeneid of Virgil, Book III, edited by Philip Sandford, London: Blackie & Son. 1900
In Homer's story, Odysseus was a Greek leader who fought a terrible war (1) the Trojans in Troy. The Greeks finally won, and after the last battle Odysseus wanted to return home to the island of Ithaca.
(2) it was only about 500 km, the journey took him a very long time. (3) a strong wind blew him around Crete to a big island where the one-eyed giants called the Cyclops lived. They kept him prisoner, but after many adventures he escaped.
(4) of terrible storms, he sailed north again, away from Ithaca, up to the island of the goddess Circe. Circe was kind, and sent him
(5) to Hades, the land of the Dead, to get help for his journey home.
(6) there he went
(7) to Circe's island. When he left the island he went