Ancient Greek Vase Paintings » Odysseus Escaping from Polyphemus

This shows the scene from the Odyssey where Odysseus escapes from the cyclops Polyphemus. After being locked in the cyclop’s cave for several days, Odysseus escapes using a very cunning plan. He blinds the Cyclops by stabbing him in the eye, so the cyclops is unable to see. The next day, when the cyclops is letting his sheep out of the cave, he feels the back every sheep to make sure that no humans are leaving with them. Odysseus and his men hide under the bellies of the sheep though, and since Polyphemus is only feeling the backs of the sheep he doesn’t notice Odysseus and his men escaping.


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