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Is the cyclops, Polyphemus, written of in Homer's Odyssey the exact same character as...

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wattersr | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:52 AM via web

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Is the cyclops, Polyphemus, written of in Homer's Odyssey the exact same character as the Polyphemus from the Argonautica?

I am referring to Apollonius of Rhodes' "The Voyage of Argo", or more commonly referred to as "Jason and the Argonauts".  

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM (Answer #1)

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No, they are quite distinct. All they share is the same name. Polyphemus the cyclops, distinguished by his gigantic appearance and single eye, is the son of Poisedon, god of the sea, whereas Polyphemus in Jason and the Argonauts is an ordinary man, who later became a king.

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