Odysseus’ Most Memorable Exploit


  • Stephanie West Hertford College, UK




Odyssey, Homer, cyclops, folklore


Odysseus’ Most Memorable Exploit

The paper discusses the meaning and development of Odysseus’ meeting with the Cyclops as described in the Odyssey, taking into account its possible origins and parallels in folklore.


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How to Cite

West, S. “Odysseus’ Most Memorable Exploit”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 16, Nov. 2013, pp. 189-06, doi:10.12797/CC.16.2013.16.12.