The Cyclops
By:Sara Teller




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Description:
The Cyclops was a big giant who had one big round eye in the middle of his forehead.The word Cyclop (in Greek Kyklpas) is a combination of the word "circle" and "hole". They we strong but stubborn and full of violence, power and abrupt emotion. They appear to be very ogre like. They were minor power gods of the second generation.

About the Cyclops:
The Cyclops were the children of Uranus also known as the greek god Poseidon and Gaea the sea nymph. They were gigantic monsters with terrifying features and liked to eat human beings. Because the Cyclopes were so dreadful to look at, their father Uranus locked them away in the depths of the underworld. The Greek god Zeus, the god of the sky, decided to release the Cyclopes from the underworld. To thank Zeus for freeing them, they gave him the thunderbolt and lightning, Hades helmet of invisibility, and Poseidons trident. They used these weapons to defeat the Titans.They worked as Hephaestus helpers under the volcano Etna making Zeus's lightning bolts. They were then killed by Apollo as revenge for Zeus's killing of his son Aclepius who was the Greek god of medicine.

Short Story
Odysseus and his crew went into the cyclop's cave. They drank his wine and ate his food. Then, they finally discovered that the cyclops lived here. At first he was angry, but Odysseus offered him some wine to try and get him to sleep. The Cyclops then asked Odysseus what his name was and Odysseus replied that his name was "Nobody". After the cyclops had fallen asleep, Odysseus and his crew sharpened a large stick and jammed it into the Cyclopses only eye. He started jumping around blind and yelled out to his fellow cyclopes that Nobody had attacked him. The crew tied themselves to the belly of the sheep that were in the cave and made a narrow escape through Polyphemus' legs. Then the Cyclops called to his father, Poseiden.




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