"And we came to the land of the Cyclopes, a fierce, lawless people"

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The Cyclopes are mythical, brutish one-eyed giants. In The Odyssey, they represent everything that Homer thinks of as barbarous, everything that the civilised Greeks should not be. They have no assemblies, no laws, no cultivation, no real community to speak of or interest in their neighbours, and do not respect the laws of hospitality. The monstrous nature of these terrifying giants has captured many storytellers’ imaginations over the centuries.