Pictures of Polyphemus and Odysseus

In these pictures of Polyphemus and Odysseus you'll see the Cyclops represented as a giant. What I couldn't understand is: how big were the sheep and goats? Were they gigantic (so as a person could easily hide underneath? Or were they just normal sheep?

Here's an image of the enraged giant, but with two normal eyes:


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And here it is as we know him, one-eyed and all.

Polyphemus the Cyclops at the Opening of His Cave Staff in One Hand and Pipes in the Other

Polyphemus the...

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The hero Odysseus/Ulysses in the Cyclops' cave.

Ulysses in the Cave of Polyphemus

Ulysses in the...
Jacob Jordaens
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Because of Polyphemus' nasty habit of eating people, Odysseus decided to make him drunk by giving him wine...

Mosaic, Ulysses and Polyphemus, Dating from the 4th Century AD, Near Piazza Armerina

Mosaic, Ulysses...
Richard Ashworth
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In the next image, you'll see that Polyphemus has two normal eyes and a third one on his forehead.
Polyphemus the Cyclops, Roman Mosaic, Early 4th Century AD

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Odysseus Made Prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus Makes Him Drunk with Strong Wine

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While the drunk Polyphemus was sleeping, Odyssesu and his men took a ponty stake, kept it in the embers until it was hot and then took the Cyclops' eye out with it (now it makes sense that he had only one eye, otherwise, even if they managed to take out one eye, Poyphemus would still have two other eyes and would be awake from the pain, so the hero and his men would have had no chance to get out alive).

Cup Depicting Ulysses and His Companions Blinding Polyphemus

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Ulysses and His Companions Gouging out the Eye of the Cyclops Polyphemus

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Ulysses Piercing the Eye of the Cyclops, from the L'Epitre D'Othea, by the Epitre Master

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The Blinding of Polyphemus, 7th circa BCE, Early Attic Amphora, Black-Figured

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Polyphemus tries to sink the ship with a boulder, guided by Odysseus' voice (who had nothing better to do than boast how he defeated th giant), but misses it.

Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus, 1829

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William Turner
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Polyphemus Attacking Sailors in Their Boat, 1855

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