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n. Greek Mythology
The Cyclops who confined Odysseus and his companions in a cave until Odysseus blinded him and escaped.

[Latin Polyphēmus, from Greek Poluphēmos, from poluphēmos, famous : polu-, much; see poly- + phēmē, saying, report; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a cyclops who imprisoned Odysseus and his companions in his cave. To effect his escape, Odysseus blinded him


(ˌpɒl əˈfi məs)

a Cyclops who was blinded by Odysseus.


[ˌpɒlɪˈfiːməs] NPolifemo


[ˌpɒlɪˈfiːməs] nPolifemo
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Odysseus Escaping from the Cave of Polyphemos is the image on a wide mouth black-figure krater with two columnlike handles.
Idealism becomes a calculation rather than an instinct such as characteristically beguiles Odysseus's better judgment, notoriously in the conflicts with Polyphemos and Scylla (see, for example, Odyssey IX.
It is no accident that the Cyclops Polyphemos whom Odysseus encounters is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea and of earthquakes, while Odysseus himself is protected by Athena, goddess of wisdom and of civilization.
Odysseus and his men seek food in the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemos while he is away, feasting on cheese and milk.
Odysseus, the most intelligent of Greek heroes, stops himself in Polyphemos's cave because he can run one scenario forward and see that if he kills Polyphemos then they will all be trapped behind the boulder only the Cyclops can move.
Daniel Peretti applies folk-tale analysis tools to the climactic Mount Doom scene of The Lord of the Rings, finding intriguing roots in the "ogre blinded" motif most familiar to readers from the Polyphemos episode of The Odyssey.
Odysseus only truly begins this arduous journey to self realization after he commits hubris in Book 9, when he transgresses the code of hospitality and then vaunts over the blinded Polyphemos.
9 What an excellent charm for the love-lorn Polyphemos found