Polyphemus was a Cyclops, the son of the god Poseidon. He lived alone on an island in a cave with his sheep. Odysseus, in order to escape from Polyphemus' cave, blinded the Cyclops. Odysseus then tied himself and his men to the underbellies of Polyphemus' sheep and escaped when the Cyclops let his sheep out, feeling only the sheep's back to see what was leaving his cave.

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