The Cyclops

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Odysseus giving the bowl to the Cyclops, relief on a Roman terra-cotta lamp.

The Cyclops sits on a rock, holding one of Odysseus' men in his left hand ready to eat him. Odysseus, in typical shirt and cap, holds out in both hands the bowl of wine.

Odysseus is depicted as almost the same size as the Cyclops, presumably in an effort to fill up the whole of the left side of the scene.

Notice the Cyclops' remarkably ordinary-looking eye. This is the rule in Greek art. It is only in Roman and Etruscan art that he appears with one, or, as is sometimes the case, three eyes.