The Laistrygonians (inhabitants of Laistrygonia) are a cannibalistic people of whom Odysseus and his men encounter during their journey home. Odysseus ties his boat (but only his) outside of the opening to their bay while letting his other eleven ships enter the bay. The Laistrygonians attack Odysseus' crew, making a meal of them, while Odysseus and the men from his one boat escape. Odysseus loses eleven of his boats and all of the men to which they belong after his stop at Laistrygonia. SM