Who is Polyphemus?

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Who is Polyphemus?

The Odyssey:

The Odyssey is an epic poem written by Homer that tells the journey of Odysseus. Odysseus was the Greek king of Ithaca, and The Odyssey details Odysseus' travels from Troy back to Ithaca after the Trojan War.

Answer and Explanation:

Polyphemus is a cyclops. In The Odyssey, Polyphemus is a man-munching giant who traps Odysseus and his men in a cave. Odysseus manages to escape with several of his men by outsmarting Polyphemus. He first gets Polyphemus drunk and then blinds him by stabbing his only eye with a wooden stake.


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The Odyssey: Greek Epic

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Chapter 4 / Lesson 4
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'The Odyssey' is a Greek epic poem by Homer. Explore the plot of this poem and its characters including Odysseus, and consider how this poem relates to Greek culture and literary works throughout history.


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