12) The context of Vulcan's workshop was a standard epic topos by Statius's time, and the Cyclopes
who help create the necklace are characterized as docti maiora, a fairly clear metapoetical allusion to the large-scale epic descriptions in Homer, Vergil, and others.
What saves Odysseus is not violence alone but the trick he thinks up, which requires for its execution every defining human characteristic we are told the Cyclopes
At least the foolish Cyclopes
do not eat their own.
6) Thus, for example, Aristotle's vision of humanity with and without civilization is profoundly informed by the Homeric tableaux of the lives of the Cyclopes
, Calypso, Circe, and the Phaiacians.
SF aliens are descended from the prodigies of early adventure stories (Pliny's mouthless Astomoi, dog-headed Kynokephaloi, sirens, Cyclopes
, Amazons), and from the spirit-agents of mythology (angels, demons, avatars, fairies, magical animals).
Identifying Ara as the celestial altar commissioned by Zeus and constructed by the Cyclopes
, the Catasterismi also explained that Ara was the sacred spot where Zeus and the other Olympians pledged their commitment to their alliance against the Titans, the previous generation of gods.
In a scene in the show entitled "The Lemnian Forge," Dekker sets the world of the Ironmongers in the mythological frame of Vulcan's workshop; as they hammer iron on anvils, Vulcan and his Cyclopes
sing a song.
Homer thoroughly describes the barren and wasted landscape of the Cyclopes
(another similarity with Tolkien's setting for the scene, Mordor), but says nothing about a volcano.
gt;>; on a aussi, avec un sens plus proche de la stricte signification d'origine, VIRGILE, Eneide 3, 652, ou un Grec ancien compagnon d'Ulysse, demeure au pays des Cyclopes
, se precipite vers les bateaux troyens pour <<se livrar>> a leurs occupants quels qu'ils soient: Omnia conlustrans hanc primum ad litora classem / conspexi uenientem.
The island on which Polyphemus and the other Cyclopes
live is fertile, but they do not till it.
AND GORGONS PROVIDE THE PROVING GROUND for mythic overachievers, serving as adversaries against which they can measure and define themselves.
And even though the big, climactic battle sequence won't give Peter Jackson (or, for that matter, Mel Gibson) anything to worry about in the visceral CG department, there is something pretty cool about seeing talking animals of all kinds duking it out with Cyclopes
, Minotaurs, centaurs and dozens of other mythological critters.