‘…we came to the land of the Cyclopes, an overweening and lawless folk, who, trusting in the immortal gods, plant nothing with their hands nor plough…’—Odyssey IX.109ff. (online text: Eng., Grk.)

Ancient Localizations

Thucydides 6.2.1

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“The most ancient inhabitants in a part thereof [Sicily] are said to have been the Cyclopes and Laestrigones…”

Euripides Cyclops 18-26

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“SILENUS. And as we were rounding Cape Malea, an east wind blew down on the ship [20] and cast us to land near this crag of Aetna, where Neptune’s one-eyed sons, the man-slaying Cyclopes, dwell in their remote caves. One of these caught us and keeps us as slaves in his house.”

Theocritus Idyll 11.7

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“…my countryman the Cyclops, old Polyphemos…” (Theocritus was a native of Sicily)

Virgil Aeneid 3.570ff.

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“A spreading bay is there, impregnable to all invading storms; and Aetna’s throat with roar of frightful ruin thunders nigh…”

Ovid Metamorphoses 14.154ff.

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“He recognized one left in Aetna’s cave, greek Achaemenides…”

Pliny the Elder Natural History 3.38

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“We then come to the three rocks of the Cyclopes, the port of Ulysses….”

Statius Thebaid 6.716

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“Even so from smoke-emitting Aetna did Polyphemus hurl the rock….”

Dictys Chronicle of the Trojan War 6.5

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“Then they had gone to the island of Sicily, where the brothers Cyclops and Laestrygon had treated them with every indignity and where Polyphemus and Antiphates, who were the sons of the former, had killed many of them.”


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