Monday, August 3, 2009


Odysseus identified himself as "Nobody" to Polyphemus, the man-eating one-eyed cyclops, when he put ashore on the creature's land, for the monster had defiled the rules of hospitality, not least by gorging himself on many of the hero's sailors. In revenge, Odysseus had the monster blinded and then escaped with the remainder of his men by clinging to the underbellies of the sheep herded by Polyphemus. Once safely on board his ship, Odysseus called back to the enraged son of Poseidon and told him his true name. Thereafter, on his journey home to Ithaca, Odysseus was pursued by the furious sea god who took the part of his misshapen son.

with gratitude to Michael Anthony Roberts for identifying the remains of this beautiful creature

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