By: Jackson Likens

Polyphemus (pŏlĭfēˈməs) [key], in Greek mythology, a Cyclops.

He was around before men, during the time of the cyclops, when the cyclops were making weapons for the gods, making humans, etc… Polyphemus was the biggest and most powerful of all. He lived to be very old.

His Life-story

Polyphemus was a very important cyclops during that time. The cyclops were basically the most numerous species living on the Earth at that time besides that gods. They were always working to make weapons for the gods, they were creating humans, and all these different things. Polyphemus had been working one day when he saw one of the nymphs from the river. He could not stop thinking about her for days and could not work, the nymph's name was Galatea. Cronus planned to make the cyclops enter a huge war with one another during the time of the cyclops. So he sent a naiad to start the chaos, Galatea. The naiad soon started the war by making the cyclops get really mad about how they were working. It was a pretty big war. Polyphemus fought his way away from the war and hid by the river in the reeds. He soon went looking angrily back for the naiad, for he had to make sure that Galatea was safe. He couldn't do anything except for look for her. The naiad was going to the edge of the riverbed where it was dark to accept her award from Cronus for starting the war, when she found Polyphemus, she thought that he was Cronus. She told him she was scared and just hugged him for a very long time. Polyphemus knew that the sun was coming up, so he told her that she she couldn't be frightened when she saw him. When she looked up and saw him she started hitting and screaming then ran away. Polyphemus changed that day.

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Polyphemus in the Odyssey

Polyphemus, in Greek mythology, a Cyclops, the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, and of the nymph Thoösa. During his wanderings after the Trojan War, the Greek hero Odysseus and his men were cast ashore on Polyphemus’s island home, Sicily. The enormous giant penned the Greeks in his cave and began to devour them. Odysseus then gave Polyphemus some strong wine and when the giant had fallen into a drunken stupor, bored out his one eye with a burning stake. The Greeks then escaped by clinging to the bellies of his sheep. Poseidon punished Odysseus for blinding Polyphemus by causing him many troubles in his subsequent wanderings by sea. In another legend, Polyphemus was depicted as a huge, one-eyed shepherd, unhappily in love with the sea nymph Galatea.

"'The Curse of the Cyclops:

Hear me, Poseidon … If truly I am your son, and you acknowledge yourself as my father, grant that Odysseus, who styles himself Sacker of Cities and son of Laertes, may never reach his home in Ithaca. But if he is destined to reach his native land, to come once more to his own house and see his friends again, let him come late, in evil plight, with all his comrades dead, in someone else's ship, and find troubles in his household." (Polyphemus 2. Homer, Odyssey 9.528)."'


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