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Sphinx (Riddle of)
Polyphemus was the son of Poseido
n and Thoosa. He was a cyclops, a semi-human monster with only a single eye in the center of his forehead.
Love for Polyphemus
Polyphemus was a monster. With a single eye in the center of his forehead, he loomed over his victims. But soon, Polyphemus was softened by love. He had taken a great interest with the nereid Galatea. He tried his hardest to impress her, but all of his attempts failed. When Galatea chose Acis over Polyphemus, he retaliated by throwing a massive rock at Acis, which buried him.
Odysseus and Polyphemus
One night, Odysseus and his crew arrived at an island that Cyclops' call home. They slept on the beach, and the next morning Odysseus and 12 members of his crew came upon Polyphemus's cave. They hid in the cave, hopeing for a glimse of the cylops. When Polyphemus returned, he soon found Odysseus and his crew and quickly killed two of the men. He ate them raw and soon fell asleep. The next evening, after eating two more men, he asked Odysseus, "What is your name?" Odysseus replyed by saying that his name was Nobody. Soon after, Odysseus offered Polyphemus a glass of wine. Polyphemus drank the whole glass and, feeling drunk, fell asleep. Odysseus and four other men took out a pole they had sharpened earlier and thrust it deep into Polyphemus's eye. He woke up, screaming in pain. Other cyclops came to see what was wrong, but when they asked who was hurting him, Polyphemus replyed, "Nobody is hurting me!" Once Odysseus and his crew had escaped the cave, they boarded their ship. Polyphemus hurled rocks at the ship, trying to destroy it, but Odysseus got away. Polyphemus prayed to his father, Poseidon, to curse Odysseus and because of this his journey home was not an easy one.
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