The Classical accounts[ edit ] In Homer's epic, Odysseus lands on the island of the Cyclops during his journey home from the Trojan War and, together with some of his men, enters a cave filled with provisions.
They sailed further out and again Odysseus mocked the cyclops. From Troy, the winds sweep him and his men to Ismarus, city of the Cicones.
In agony Polyphemus groped about blindly for his tormentors, but the Greeks dodged him all night long. What had he led his men into?
After making a meal of wild goats captured on an island offshore, they cross to the mainland. When the occupant of the cave returned, he was revealed to be a cyclops, an uncivilized giant with a single eye. Within Scottish Rite Freemasonry he is regarded as a symbol for a civilization that harms itself using ill directed blind force.
Shortly afterwards George Frideric Handel worked in that country and composed the cantata Aci, Galatea e Polifemolaying as much emphasis on the part of Polifemo as on the lovers. Auguste Ottin 's separate figures are brought together in an fountain in the Luxembourg Garden.