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In Greek mythology, the Cyclops were a race of giants who had a single eye in the middle of their forehead. Ancient Greek authors who wrote about them included Hesiod, Homer, Euripides, Theocritus, and Virgil. In chapter 24, a Cyclops is listed in passing as another example of a sideshow freak displayed by the carnival.

The Cyclops statue shown here is in the Natural History Museum in London.