The Cyclops

First | Previous Picture | Next Picture | Last


The blinding of Polyphemus on an Etruscan wall painting in the third chamber of the Tomb of Orcus at Corneto (ancient Tarquinii)

The Cyclops is easily identifiable not only by the hideous eye, but also by and insciption above his head, reading backwards "Cuclu" (= Cyclops)

Odysseus inscribed, backwards, as "Utusie" is thrusting the pointed trunk of an olive tree with branches still attached into the Cyclops' eye. He appears to be unaided.

Behind the Cyclops, the sheep gaze with interest on the events taking place, while a goat grazes peacefully on the crag above.