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POLYPHEMUS

Also known as POLYPHEMOS

A Second generation Cyclops, the son of Poseidon and Thoosa. Unlike the one eyed originals, Polyphemus and his clan were unskilled do-as-you-like shepherds, fond of human flavour and not too bright.

Odysseus landed on Sicily and found himself trapped in a cave where his band of heroic sailers were reduced to anytime Cyclops snacks. Odysseus introduced himself as 'Nobody', then plied the giant with double strength wine and waited until he passed out before stabbing him in the eye with a burnt stick.

It's little suprise that Polyphemus's slurred and drunken cries of 'nobody is trying to kill me' were met with little more than a half raised eyebrow, and the crew had plenty of time to escape strapped to the underside of the blinded giants flock of sheep.

Odysseus couldn't resist a little gloat which put the kibosh on any hopes he had of an easy voyage, after all blood is thicker than wood, and after telling the giant his real name Poseidon knew exactly where to send the sea-based hardships.

Also check out Acamas, Arges, Brontes, Cyclopes, and Steropes.
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Parents : Poseidon and Thoosa
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'POLYPHEMUS' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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