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Am J Med Genet A. 2005 Oct 1;138A(2):190-2.

The cyclopes in Odysseus' Apologos.

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Department of Oral Pathology and Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Athens, Athens, Greece.


In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus narrates the lifestyle and behavior of the Cyclopes. They were no larger than life-sized figures and lived in a land rich in natural products but cultivated nothing. They dwelled in caves, and their sociopolitical system was based on the family unit. There were no interfamilial congregations, institutions, or laws. They had no ships, nor were there any craftsmen who might build ships to visit the cities of other men. Perhaps the land of the Cyclopes described in Homer's Odyssey may have represented a place somewhat like the hospitals or islands which were used to isolate patients with leprosy. Otherwise, we can follow Thucydides' opinion: let it suffice, as the story has been told by poets, and each man has formed his own opinion about them.

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