This is a representation of one of the most famous stories in Homer's Odyssey. Odysseus 'polytropos' (meaning the man of many turns, wiles, stratagems and resources) manages to outwit his captor, the Cyclops Polyphemus, but intoxicating him with undiluted wine before blinding him in his single eye with a red-hot poker. The only way for Odysseus and his men to escape from the giant's cave was to hug the underbellies of Polyphemus' sheep.
This vase shows the point at which Odysseus is holding onto the underbelly of Polyphemus' favourite ram who, the giant comments, is - unusually, - the last to leave the cave.
The original, attributed to the Athena Painter, dates to the first half of the 5th century BC and is now in the British Museum.
Hand-painted in Greece.
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black-figure oinochoe - Odysseus and the Cyclops
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