In Greek mythology
and later Roman mythology
, the Cyclopes ( ; el|Κύκλωπες, ''Kýklōpes'', "Circle-eyes" or "Round-eyes"; singular Cyclops ; , ''Kýklōps'') are giant one-eyed creatures. Three groups of Cyclopes can be distinguished. In Hesiod
'', they are the brothers Brontes, Steropes, and Arges
, who provided Zeus
with his weapon the thunderbolt
. In Homer
'', they are an uncivilized group of shepherds, the brethren of Polyphemus
encountered by Odysseus
. Cyclopes were also famous as the builders of the Cyclopean walls
The fifth-century BC playwright Euripides
wrote a satyr play
, about Odysseus' encounter with Polyphemus. Mentions of the Hesiodic and the wall-builder Cyclopes also figure in his plays. The third-century BC poet Callimachus
makes the Hesiodic Cyclopes the assistants of smith-god Hephaestus
. So does Virgil
in his Latin epic ''Aeneid
'', where he seems to equate the Hesiodic and Homeric Cyclopes.
From at least the fifth-century BC, Cyclopes have been associated with the island of Sicily
and the volcanic Aeolian Islands
Three groups of Cyclopes can be distinguished: the Hesiodic, the Homeric and the wall-builders. In Hesiod
'', the Cyclopes are the three brothers: Brontes, Steropes, and Arges
, sons of Uranus
, who made for Zeus
his characteristic weapon, the thunderbolt
. In Homer
'', the Cyclopes are an uncivilized group of shepherds, one of whom, Polyphemus
, the son of Poseidon
, is encountered by Odysseus
. Cyclopes were also said to have been the builders of the Cyclopean walls
. A scholiast, quoting the fifth-century BC historian Hellanicus
, tells us that, in addition to the Hesiodic Cyclopes (whom the scholiast describes as "the gods themselves"), and the Homeric Cyclopes, there was a third group of Cyclopes: the builders of the walls of Mycenae
, in the ''Theogony
'' (c. 700 BC), described three Cyclopes: Brontes, Steropes, and Arges, who were the sons of Uranus
(Sky) and Gaia
(Earth), and the brothers of the Titans
, and who had a single eye set in the middle of their foreheads. They made for Zeus his all-powerful thunderbolt, and in so doing, the Cyclopes played a key role in the Greek succession myth, which told how the Titan Cronus overthrew his father Uranus, and how in turn Zeus overthrew Cronus and his fellow Titans, and how Zeus was eventually established as the final and permanent ruler of the cosmos. The names that Hesiod gives them: Arges (Bright), Brontes (Thunder), and Steropes (Lightning), reflect their fundamental role as thunderbolt makers. As early as the late seventh-century BC, the Cyclopes could be used by the Sparta
n poet Tyrtaeus
to epitomize extraodinary size and strength.
According to the accounts of Hesiod and mythographer Apollodorus
, the Cyclopes had been imprisoned by their father Uranus. Zeus later freed the Cyclopes, and they repaid him by giving him the thunderbolt. The Cyclopes provided for Hesiod, and others theogony-writers, a convenient source of heavenly weaponry, since the smith-god Hephaestus
—who would eventually take over that role—had not yet been born. According to Apollodorus, the Cyclopes also provided Poseidon
with his trident
with his cap of invisibility
, and the gods used these weapons to defeat the Titans
Although the primordial Cyclopes of the ''Theogony'' were presumably immortal (as were their brothers the Titans), the sixth-century BC Hesiodic ''Catalogue of Women
'', has them being killed by Apollo
. Later sources tell us why: Apollo's son Asclepius
had been killed by Zeus' thunderbolt, and Apollo killed the Cyclopes, the makers of the thunderbolt, in revenge. According to a scholiast on Euripides' ''Alcestis'', the fifth-century BC mythographer Pherecydes
supplied the same motive, but said that Apollo, rather than killing the Cyclopes, killed their ''sons'' (one of whom he named Aortes) instead. No other source mentions any offspring of the Cyclopes. A Pindar fragment suggests that Zeus himself killed the Cyclopes to prevent them from making thunderbolts for anyone else.
The Cyclopes' prowess as craftsmen is stressed by Hesiod who says "strength and force and contrivances were in their works." Being such skilled craftsmen of great size and strength, later poets, beginning with the third-century BC poet Callimachus
, imagine these Cyclopes, the primordial makers of Zeus' thunderbolt, becoming the assistants of the smith-god Hephaestus
, at his forge in Sicily, underneath Mount Etna, or perhaps the nearby Aeolian Islands
. In his ''Hymn to Artemis'', Callimachus has the Cyclopes on the Aeolian island of Lipari
, working "at the anvils of Hephaestus", make the bows and arrows used by Apollo
. The first-century BC Latin
, in his epic ''Aeneid
'', has the Cyclopes: "Brontes and Steropes and bare-limbed Pyracmon" toil under the direction of Vulcan (Hephaestus), in caves underneath Mount Etna and the Aeolian islands
. Virgil describes the Cyclopes, in Vulcan's smithy forging iron, making a thunderbolt, a chariot for Mars
, and Pallas
, with Vulcan interrupting their work to command the Cyclopes to fashion arms for Aeneas
. The later Latin poet Ovid
also has the Hesiodic Cyclopes Brontes and Steropes (along with a third Cyclops named Acmonides), work at forges in Sicilian caves.
According to a Hellenistic
astral myth, the Cyclopes were the builders of the first altar. The myth was a catasterism
, which explained how the constellation the Altar (Ara) came to be in the heavens. According to the myth, the Cyclopes built an altar upon which Zeus and the other gods swore alliance before their war with the Titans. After their victory, "the gods placed the altar in the sky in commemoration", and thus began the practice, according to the myth, of men swearing oaths upon altars "as a guarantee of their good faith".
According to the second-century geographer Pausanias
, there was a sanctuary called the "altar of the Cyclopes" on the Isthmus of Corinth
at a place sacred to Poseidon, where sacrifices were offered to the Cyclopes. There is no evidence for any other cult
associated with the Cyclopes. According to a version of the story in the ''Iliad'' scholia (found nowhere else), when Zeus swallowed Metis
, she was pregnant with Athena
by the Cyclops Brontes.
Although described by Hesiod as "having very violent hearts" (''ὑπέρβιον ἦτορ ἔχοντας''), and while their extraordinary size and strength would have made them capable of great violence, there is no indication of the Hesiodic Cyclopes having behaved in any other way than as dutiful servants of the gods.
suggests that groups or societies of lesser gods, like the Hesiodic Cyclopes, "mirror real cult
associations (''thiasoi'') ... It may be surmised that smith guild
s lie behind Cabeiri
, Idaian Dactyloi
, and Cyclopes."
In an episode of Homer
'' (c. 700 BC), the hero Odysseus
encounters the Cyclops Polyphemus
, the son of Poseidon
, a one-eyed man-eating giant who lives with his fellow Cyclopes in a distant land. The relationship between these Cyclopes and Hesiod's Cyclopes is unclear. Homer described a very different group of Cyclopes, than the skilled and subservient craftsman of Hesiod. Homer's Cyclopes live in the "world of men" rather than among the gods, as they presumably do in the ''Theogony''. The Homeric Cyclopes are presented as uncivilized shepherds, who live in caves, savages with no regard for Zeus. They have no knowledge of agriculture, ships or craft. They live apart and lack any laws.
The fifth-century BC playwright Euripides
also told the story of Odysseus' encounter with Polyphemus in his satyr play
''. Euripides' Cyclopes, like Homer's, are uncultured cave-dwelling shepherds. They have no agriculture, no wine, and live on milk, cheese and the meat of sheep. They live solitary lives, and have no government. They are inhospitable to strangers, slaughtering and eating all who come to their land. While Homer does not say if the other Cyclopes are like Polyphemus in their appearance and parentage, Euripides makes it explicit, calling the Cyclopes "Poseidon's one-eyed sons". And while Homer is vague as to their location, Euripides locates the land of the Cyclopes on the island of Sicily
near Mount Etna
Like Euripides, Virgil has the Cyclopes of Polyphemus live on Sicily near Etna. For Virgil apparently, these Homeric Cyclopes are members of the same race of Cyclopes as Hesiod's Brontes and Steropes, who live nearby.
Cyclopes were also said to have been the builders of the so-called 'Cyclopean' walls
, and Argos
. Although they can be seen as being distinct, the Cyclopean wall-builders share several features with the Hesiodic Cyclopes: both groups are craftsmen of supernatural skill, possessing enormous strength, who lived in primordial times. These builder Cyclopes were apparently used to explain the construction of the stupendous walls at Mycenae and Tiryns, composed of massive stones that seemed too large and heavy to have been moved by ordinary men.
These master builders were famous in antiquity from at least the fifth century BC onwards. The poet Pindar
driving the cattle of Geryon
through the "Cyclopean portal" of the Tirynian king Eurystheus. The mythographer Pherecydes
says that Perseus
brought the Cyclopes with him from Seriphos
, presumably to build the walls of Mycenae. Proetus
, the mythical king of ancient Argos
, was said to have brought a group of seven Cyclopes from Lycia
to build the walls of Tiryns.
The late fifth and early fourth-century BC comic poet Nicophon
wrote a play called either ''Cheirogastores'' or ''Encheirogastores'' (''Hands-to-Mouth''), which is thought to have been about these Cyclopean wall-builders. Ancient lexicographers explained the title as meaning "those who feed themselves by manual labour", and, according to Eustathius of Thessalonica
, the word was used to describe the Cyclopean wall-builders, while "hands-to-mouth" was one of the three kinds of Cyclopes distinguished by scholia to Aelius Aristides
. Similarly, possibly deriving from Nicophon's comedy, the first-century Greek geographer Strabo
says these Cyclopes were called "Bellyhands" (''gasterocheiras'') because they earned their food by working with their hands.
The first-century natural philosopher Pliny the Elder
, in his ''Natural History
'', reported a tradition, attributed to Aristotle
, that the Cyclopes were the inventors of masonry towers. In the same work Pliny also mentions the Cyclopes, as being among those credited with being the first to work with iron, as well as bronze. In addition to walls, other monuments were attributed to the Cyclopes. For example, Pausanias
says that at Argos
there was "a head of Medusa made of stone, which is said to be another of the works of the Cyclopes".
According to the ''Theogony
'' of Hesiod
(Sky) mated with Gaia
(Earth) and produced eighteen children. First came the twelve Titans
, next came the three one-eyed Cyclopes:
Following the Cyclopes, Gaia next gave birth to three more monstrous brothers, the Hecatoncheires
, or Hundred-Handed Giants. Uranus hated his monstrous children, and as soon as each was born, he imprisoned them underground, somewhere deep inside Gaia. Eventually Uranus' son, the Titan Cronus
, castrated Uranus, becoming the new ruler of the cosmos, but he did not release his brothers, the Cyclopes and the Hecatoncheires, from their imprisonment in Tartarus
For this failing, Gaia foretold that Cronus would eventually be overthrown by one of his children, as he had overthrown his own father. To prevent this, as each of his children were born, Cronus swallowed them whole; as gods they were not killed, but imprisoned within his belly. His wife, Rhea, sought her mother's advice to avoid losing all of her children in this way, and Gaia advised her to give Cronus a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes. In this way, Zeus was spared the fate of his elder siblings, and was hidden away by his mother. When he was grown, Zeus forced his father to vomit up his siblings, who rebelled against the Titans. Zeus released the Cyclopes and Hecatoncheires, who became his allies. While the Hundred-Handed Giants fought alongside Zeus and his siblings, the Cyclopes gave Zeus his great weapon, the thunderbolt, with the aid of which he was eventually able to overthrow the Titans, establishing himself as the ruler of the cosmos.
In Book 9 of the ''Odyssey
'', Odysseus describes to his hosts the Phaeacians
his encounter with the Cyclops Polyphemus
. Having just left the land of the Lotus-eaters
, Odysseus says "Thence we sailed on, grieved at heart, and we came to the land of the Cyclopes".
Homer had already (Book 6) described the Cyclopes as "men overweening in pride who plundered heir neighbors the Phaeacians
continually", driving the Phaeacians from their home. In Book 9, Homer gives a more detailed description of the Cyclopes as:
According to Homer, the Cyclopes have no ships, nor ship-wrights, nor other craftsman, and know nothing of agriculture. They have no regard for Zeus or the other gods, for the Cyclopes hold themselves to be "better far than they".
Homer says that "godlike" Polyphemus, the son of Poseidon
and the nymph Thoosa
, the daughter of Phorcys
, is the "greatest among all the Cyclopes". Homer describes Polyphemus as a shepherd who:
Although Homer does not say explicitly that Polyphemus is one-eyed, for the account of his blinding to make sense he must be. If Homer meant for the other Cyclopes to be assumed (as they usually are) to be like Polyphemus, then they too will be one-eyed sons of Poseidon; however Homer says nothing explicit about either the parentage or appearance of the other Cyclopes.
The Hesiodic Cyclopes: makers of Zeus' thunderbolts, the Homeric Cyclopes: brothers of Polyphemus
, and the Cyclopean wall-builders, all figure in the plays of the fifth-century BC playwright Euripides
. In his play ''Alcestis
'', where we are told that the Cyclopes who forged Zeus' thunderbolts, were killed by Apollo. The prologue of that play has Apollo explain:
Euripides' satyr play
'' tells the story of Odysseus
' encounter with the Cyclops Polyphemus
, famously told in Homer
''. It takes place on the island of Sicily
near the volcano Mount Etna
where, according to the play, "Poseidon’s one-eyed sons, the man-slaying Cyclopes, dwell in their remote caves." Euripides describes the land where Polyphemus' brothers live, as having no "walls and city battlements", and a place where "no men dwell". The Cyclopes have no rulers and no government, "they are solitaries: no one is anyone’s subject." They grow no crops, living only "on milk and cheese and the flesh of sheep." They have no wine, "hence the land they dwell in knows no dancing". They show no respect for the important Greek value of Xenia
("guest friendship). When Odysseus asks if they are pious and hospitable toward strangers (''φιλόξενοι δὲ χὤσιοι περὶ ξένους''), he is told: "most delicious, they maintain, is the flesh of strangers ... everyone who has come here has been slaughtered."
Several of Euripides' plays also make reference to the Cyclopean wall-builders. Euripides calls their walls "heaven-high" (''οὐράνια''), describes "the Cyclopean foundations" of Mycenae as "fitted snug with red plumbline and mason’s hammer", and calls Mycenae "O hearth built by the Cyclopes". He calls Argos
"the city built by the Cyclopes", refers to "the temples the Cyclopes built" and describes the "fortress of Perseus" as "the work of Cyclopean hands".
For the third-century BC poet Callimachus
, the Hesiodic Cyclopes Brontes, Steropes and Arges, become assistants at the forge of the smith-god Hephaestus
. Callimachus has the Cyclopes make Artemis
' bow, arrows and quiver, just as they had (apparently) made those of Apollo
. Callimachus locates the Cyclopes on the island of Lipari
, the largest of the Aeolian Islands
in the Tyrrhenian Sea
off the northern coast of Sicily
, where Artemis finds them "at the anvils of Hephaestus" making a horse-trough for Poseidon:
And Artemis asks:
The first-century BC Roman
seems to combine the Cyclopes of Hesiod with those of Homer, having them live alongside each other in the same part of Sicily. In his Latin epic ''Aeneid
'', Virgil has the hero Aeneas
follow in the footsteps of Odysseus
, the hero of Homer's ''Odyssey
''. Approaching Sicily and Mount Etna, in Book 3 of the ''Aeneid'', Aeneas manages to survive the dangerous Charybdis
, and at sundown comes to the land of the Cyclopes, while "near at hand Aetna thunders". The Cyclopes are described as being "in shape and size like Polyphemus ... a hundred other monstrous Cyclopes ho
dwell all along these curved shores and roam the high mountains." After narrowly escaping from Polyphemus, Aeneas tells how, responding to the Cyclops' "mighty roar":
Later, in Book 8 of the same poem, Virgil has the Hesiodic Cyclopes Brontes and Steropes, along with a third Cyclopes which he names Pyracmon, work in an extensive network of caverns stretching from Mount Etna to the Aeolian Islands
. As the assistants of the smith-god Vulcan
, they forge various items for the gods: thunderbolts for Jupiter
, a chariot for Mars
, and armor for Minerva
The mythographer Apollodorus
, gives an account of the Hesiodic Cyclopes similar to that of Hesiod's, but with some differences, and additional details. According to Apollodorus, the Cyclopes were born after the Hundred-Handers, but before the Titans (unlike Hesiod who makes the Titans the eldest and the Hundred-Handers the youngest).
Uranus bound the Hundred-Handers and the Cyclopes, and cast them all into Tartarus
, "a gloomy place in Hades as far distant from earth as earth is distant from the sky." But the Titans are, apparently, allowed to remain free (unlike in Hesiod). When the Titans overthrew Uranus, they freed the Hundred-Handers and Cyclopes (unlike in Hesiod, where they apparently remained imprisoned), and made Cronus their sovereign. But Cronus once again bound the six brothers, and reimprisoned them in Tartarus.
As in Hesiod's account, Rhea saved Zeus from being swallowed by Cronus, and Zeus was eventually able to free his siblings, and together they waged war against the Titans. According to Apollodorus, in the tenth year of that war, Zeus learned from Gaia, that he would be victorious if he had the Hundred-Handers and the Cyclopes as allies. So Zeus slew their warder Campe
(a detail not found in Hesiod) and released them, and in addition to giving Zeus his thunderbolt (as in Hesiod), the Cyclopes also gave Poseidon
, and Hades a helmet (presumably the same cap of invisibility
which Athena borrowed in the ''Iliad
''), and "with these weapons the gods overcame the Titans".
Apollodorus also mentions a tomb of Geraestus, "the Cyclops" at Athens upon which, in the time of king Aegeus
, the Athenians sacrificed the daughters of Hyacinth
'', composed in the 4th or 5th century BC, is the longest surviving poem from antiquity – 20,426 lines. It is written by the poet Nonnus
in the Homeric dialect
, and its main subject is the life of Dionysus
. It describes a war that occurred between Dionysus' troops and those of the Indian king Deriades. In book 28 of the ''Dionysiaca'' the Cyclopes join with Dionysian troops, and they prove to be great warriors and crush most of the Indian king's troops.
Transformations of Polyphemus
Depictions of the Cyclops Polyphemus have differed radically, depending on the literary genres in which he has appeared, and have given him an individual existence independent of the Homeric herdsman encountered by Odysseus. In the epic he was a man-eating monster dwelling in an unspecified land. Some centuries later, a dithyramb
by Philoxenus of Cythera
, followed by several episodes by the Greek pastoral poets
, created of him a comedic and generally unsuccessful lover of the water nymph Galatea. In the course of these he woos his love to the accompaniment of either a cithara
or the pan-pipes
. Such episodes take place on the island of Sicily, and it was here that the Latin poet Ovid
also set the tragic love story of Polyphemus and Galatea recounted in the Metamorphoses
. Still later tradition made him the eventually successful husband of Galatea and the ancestor of the Celtic and Illyrian races.
From at least the fifth-century BC onwards, Cyclopes have been associated with the island of Sicily
, or the volcanic Aeolian islands
just off Sicily's north coast. The fifth-century BC historian Thucydides
says that the "earliest inhabitants" of Sicily were reputed to be the Cyclopes and Laestrygones
(another group of man-eating giants encountered by Odysseus in Homer's ''Odyssey''). Thucydides also reports the local belief that Hephaestus (along with his Cyclopean assistants?) had his forge on the Aeolian island of Vulcano
locates Odysseus' Cyclopes on the island of Sicily
, near the volcano Mount Etna
, and in the same play addresses Hephaestus as "lord of Aetna". The poet Callimachus locates the Cyclopes' forge on the island of Lipari
, the largest of the Aeolians. Virgil associates both the Hesiodic and the Homeric Cyclopes with Sicily. He has the thunderbolt makers: "Brontes and Steropes and bare-limbed Pyracmon", work in vast caverns extending underground from Mount Etna to the island of Vulcano, while the Cyclops brethren of Polyphemus live on Sicily where "near at hand Aetna thunders".
As Thucydides notes, in the case of Hephaestus' forge on Vulcano, locating the Cyclopes' forge underneath active volcanoes provided an explanation for the fire and smoke often seen rising from them.
For the ancient Greeks the name "Cyclopes" meant "Circle-eyes" or "Round-eyes", derived from the Greek ''kúklos'' ("circle") and ''ops'' ("eye"). This meaning can be seen as early as Hesiod
'' (8th–7th century BC), which explains that the Cyclopes were called that "since a single circle-shaped eye was set in their foreheads". Adalbert Kuhn
, expanding on Hesiod's etymology, proposed a connection between the first element ''kúklos'' (which can also mean "wheel") and the "wheel of the sun", producing the meaning "wheel (of the sun)-eyes". Other etymologies have been proposed which derive the second element of the name from the Greek ''klops'' ("thief") producing the meanings "wheel-thief" or "cattle-thief". Although Walter Burkert
has described Hesiod's etymology as "not too attractive", Hesiod's explanation still finds acceptance by modern scholars.
A possible origin for one-eyed Cyclopes was advanced by the palaeontologist Othenio Abel
in 1914. Abel proposed that fossil skulls of Pleistocene dwarf elephant
s, commonly found in coastal caves of Italy and Greece, may have given rise to the Polyphemus story. Abel suggested that the large, central nasal cavity (for the trunk) in the skull might have been interpreted as a large single eye-socket.
A rare birth defect
can result in foetuses
(both human and animal) which have a single eye located in the middle of their foreheads. Students of teratology
have raised the possibility of a link between this deformity and the myth of the one-eyed Cyclopes. However, in the usual development of a human face
, the nose begins above the eyes and develops downward and outward between the eyes. In the case of humans with a single eye in the middle, this passage of development is blocked, and the nose (or proboscis) remains above the single eye, rather than below, as in ancient Greek depictions of the Cyclops Polyphemus.
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