On the voyage homewards his fleet was scattered off Cape Malea by a storm, which drove him to Egypt.
His ship, the "Alceste," after a cruise along the coast of Korea and to the LooChoo Islands, on proceeding homewards was totally wrecked on a sunken rock in Gaspar Strait.
Baffled he turned homewards, but died on the way.
Then at the command of Zeus he was sent homewards, but was again wrecked on the island of Phaeacia, _whence he was conveyed to Ithaca in one of the wondrous Phaeacian ships.
When the spring had come, being still very poor and in feeble health, he started homewards on foot by Florence, across the Apennines, through Bologna, Parma, Piacenza, Turin, over the Alps, through Savoy and Dauphine to Lyons, andfinally to Paris, where he arrived in excellent health.