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Galatea and Polyphemus
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(Γαλάτεια, Πολύφηµος; Latin Galatea, Polyphemus)

A. Myth

The unrequited love of the Cyclops P. for the Nereid G. is first recorded in a dithyramb by Philoxenus of Cythera dated to the early 4th cent. BC, also the source of the association of the daughter of Nereus and the nymph Doris previously mentioned only in the catalogues of Nereids in Homer and Hesiod (Hom. Il. 18,45; Hes. Theog. 250) with the one-eyed giant (Hom. Od. 1,70) descended from Poseidon. Referring to the Odyssey, Philoxenus goes on to say that the awkward P.…

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Müller, Gernot Michael, “Galatea and Polyphemus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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