In Greek mythology
, the Lotophagi
("lotus-eaters") were a race of people on an island dominated by lotus
plants. The lotus flowers were the primary foodstuff of the island and it caused the people to sleep in peaceful apathy.
When Odysseus and his men landed on the island of the lotus-eaters, they began doing as the natives did, eating the lotus flowers. This caused them to sleep and stop caring about ever going home. Finally, Odysseus managed to rescue himself from the apathy and set sail.
Odyssey IX, 84.
The Lotus Eater
is a short story written by Someset Maugham
in 1945. The story is set in 1913 and is of a man Thomas Wilson who comes to the island of Capri
in Italy for a holiday. He is so enchanted with the place he gives up his job at London and decides to live the rest of his life without any cares in Capri.