Legend of Ulysses and the Cyclops


The legend of Ulysses and de Cyclops attributes the origin of stacks of Aci Trezza to the wrath of the Cyclops Polyphemus.
The legend, described in the ninth book of the Odyssey, tells of the encounter between Ulysses and his companions and the Cyclops Polyphemus, a one-eyed giant who lived, like his other Cyclops brothers, in caves inside rocky mountains. The giant is first stunned by the wine offered by Ulysses, and then blinded. To prevent Ulysses and his companions from escaping into the sea, Polyphemus then throws large rocky peaks against the Greek hero to try to avoid his escape into the sea, thus creating the Faraglioni. From the first verses of the book dedicated to the Land of the Cyclops, the landscape of Aci Trezza is outlined: "In front of the port, an island stretches out, Lachea named, where the rural goats grow in numbers."

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