But," continued the wise Ulysses, "you must remember, my good friends, our misadventure in the cavern of one-eyed Polyphemus, the Cyclops
If not, and if the inhabitants prove as inhospitable as Polyphemus, or the Laestrygons, then there will but half of us perish, and the remainder may set sail and escape.
If I am really awake," continued he, "then, in my opinion, we are on the point of meeting with some stranger adventure than any that befell us in the cave of Polyphemus, or among the gigantic man-eating Laestrygons, or in the windy palace of King Aeolus, which stands on a brazen-walled island.
We would not turn back, though we were certain that the king of the Laestrygons, as big as a mountain, would sit at the head of the table, and huge Polyphemus, the one-eyed Cyclops, at its foot.
It was a life-like picture of their recent adventures, showing them in the cave of Polyphemus, and how they had put out his one great moony eye; while in another part of the tapestry they were untying the leathern bags, puffed out with contrary winds; and farther on, they beheld themselves scampering away from the gigantic king of the Laestrygons, who had caught one of them by the leg.
Never again can I behold such men as Pirithous and Dryas shepherd of his people, or as Caeneus, Exadius, godlike Polyphemus
, and Theseus son of Aegeus, peer of the immortals.
Turning to the issue of hospitality in the ancient world, Lucilla Lijoi identifies the Odyssey's Polyphemus
as an analogue to a principal character in Pavese's novel Paesi tuoi because both characters pervert and degrade the meaning of this ancient social value, which was profoundly linked to the notion of civilization itself and to what it meant to be human.
Experto en Limulus polyphemus
, vivificador del arte prehispanico, mitografo cultivado, cronista de la vida nocturna, fisgon profesional, geologo, entomologo y cartografo de aguas imaginarias.