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Blinding of Polyphemos, Laconian Black Figure Cup, c. 540 BCE.

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This image is found in the interior of a drinking cup. After having finished his wine, the drinker is therefore confronted with a monster being literally blinded with too much drink. 

The painter has tried to capture three moments of the story at the same time: Odysseus offers the wine to Polyphemus; the Cyclops eats one of Odysseus' companions and is holding his remains -- two legs; finally, Odysseus blinds the Cyclops.


Image in the Public Domain.

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Public Domain