Erik has a beautiful post around the Cyclops Polyphemos. The scholia existing some debates around what specifically a Cyclops looks like. 

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“Aristotle examines just how the Cyclops Polyphemos became a cyclops as soon as neither his father nor his mom was a cyclops. He solved the problem with a different myth. For, the asserted, steeds came from Boreas but Pegasos to be born native Poseidon and also Medousa. Why, then, would certainly it it is in strange that this wild beast be born native Poseidon? Similarly, other wild beasts were born from the in the sea, and also marvels and also unusual things.

Hesiod laughably etymologizes , speak “They were given the nickname Kyklopes / since they have one solitary circle eye in the middle of your forehead.” however Homer clearly describes your nature.

For, if it was of the sort, simply as he described the other certain features that the Cyclops, prefer his size, his cruelty, he would have likewise described his eye! Philoxenos says that he diverged from Hesiod in the the truth he could not see due to the fact that he was blinded in one eye. Because that Homer does no say this around all the other Cyclopes. It is most likely that Polyphemos shed his other eye because that some various other reason before Odysseus’ arrival.

Others oppose this, claiming the if he had actually two eyes and also Odysseus blinded one, exactly how would he speak what is attributed come him, “Cyclops, if any mortal man asks you that is the blinder of your eye…” he does no say eyes. And in return the Cyclops states “My father is able to heal my eye.” because that if he had another eye, properly, and Odysseus were speaking to him in this way, just how would the not have taken care of the other eye? however he stated “the earth-shaker will certainly not heal eye.” for this an extremely reason world argue about his eye being fully pierced, because of what is stated here, if that did no take care of the eye when it was an initial compromised, he would certainly never have the ability to heal it.”

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ζητεῖ ᾿Αριστοτέλης πῶς ὁ Κύκλωψ ὁ Πολύφημος μήτε πατρὸς ὢν Κύκλωπος, Ποσειδῶνος γὰρ ἦν, μήτε μητρὸς, Κύκλωψ ἐγένετο. αὐτὸς δὲ ἑτέρῳ μύθῳ ἐπιλύεται. καὶ γὰρ ἐκ Βορέου ἵπποι γίνονται, καὶ ἐκ Ποσειδῶνος καὶ τῆς Μεδούσης ὁ Πήγασος ἵππος. τί δ’ ἄτοπον ἐκ Ποσειδῶνος τὸν ἄγριον τοῦτον γεγονέναι; ὥσπερ καὶ τὰ ἄλλα ἐξ αὐτοῦ ἀναλόγως τῇ θαλάσσῃ ἄγρια γεννᾶται ἢ τερατώδη ἢ παρηλλαγμένα. γελοίως δ’ αὐτοὺς ἐτυμολογεῖ ῾Ησίοδος “Κύκλωπες δ’ ὄνομ’ ἦσαν ἐπώνυμον, οὕνεκ’ ἄρω σφέων κυκλοτερὴς ὀφθαλμὸς ἕεις ἐνέκειτο μετώπῳ.” ὁ δ’ ῞Ομηρος φαίνεται φύσιν αὐτῶν λέγων· εἰ γὰρ ἦν τι τοιοῦτον, ὥσπερ τὰς ἄλλας ἰδιότητας τῶν ὀφθέντων ἔγραψεν ἐπ’ αὐτοῦ Κύκλωπος, τὸ μέγεθος, τὴν ὠμότητα, οὕτω κἂν τὸ περὶ ὀφθαλμοῦ ἔγραψε. φησὶ δὲ ὁ Φιλόξενος ὅτι ἐπλάνησε τὸν ῾Ησίοδον τὸ τὸν ἕνα ὀφθαλμὸν τυφλωθέντα μηκέτι ὁρᾶν. οὔτε δὲ περὶ πάντων τῶν Κυκλώπων εἶπε τοῦτο ῞Ομηρος, εἰκός τε τὸν Πολύφημον κατά τινα ἄλλην αἰτίαν τὸν ἕτερον τῶν ὀφθαλμῶν ἀπολωλεκέναι πρὸ τῆς ᾿Οδυσσέως ἀφίξεως. οἱ δὲ ἀντιλέγοντες τούτῳ φασὶν, εἰ δύο εἶχεν ὀφθαλμοὺς καὶ τὸν ἕνα ᾿Οδυσσεὺς ἐτύφλωσε, πῶς συμφωνήσει τὸ ὑπ’ αὐτοῦ λεγόμενον, “Κύκλωψ, εἰ καί τίς σε καταχθονίων ἀνθρώπων ὀφθαλμοῦ εἴρηται ἀεικελίην ἀλαωτύν” (502.); οὐκ εἶπεν ὀφθαλμῶν. ἔτι δὲ καὶ τὸ προκείμενον παρὰ τοῦ Κύκλωπος, ὅτι δύναταί μου ὁ Ποσειδῶν ἰάσασθαι τὸν ὀφθαλμόν. εἰ γὰρ ἦν ἑτερόφθαλμος ἤδη ὑπάρχων, ἔλεγεν ἂν αὐτῷ ᾿Οδυσσεὺς, καὶ πῶς τὸν ἕτερον οὐκ ἐθεράπευσεν; ἀλλ’ εἶπεν “ὡς οὐκ ὀφθαλμόν γ’ ἰήσεται οὐδ’ ἐνοσίχθων” (525.). δι’ αὐτοῦ δὲ τούτου ἀπολογοῦνται περὶ τοῦ εἶναι αὐτὸν διόφθαλμον, διὰ τοῦ εἰπεῖν, εἰ τὸν πρῶτον πηρωθέντα ὀφθαλμὸν οὐκ ἐθεράπευσεν, οὐδὲ τοῦτον ἰάσεται. H.Q.

These are, the course, the varieties of investigations because that which Seneca would have the many disdain:

Seneca, De Brevitate Vitae 13

“It would certainly be annoying to perform all the world who invested their stays pursuing board games, sphere games, or sunbathing. Males whose pleasures room so busy room not in ~ leisure. For example, no one will certainly be surprised the those occupied by useless literature studies job-related strenuously—and there is good band of these in Rome now too. This sickness provided to simply afflict the Greeks, to find the number of oars Odysseus possessed, whether the Iliad was written before the Odyssey, even if it is the poems belong come the exact same author, and other matters choose this which, if you save them to yourself, can not please your private mind; however if girlfriend publish them, you seem less learned than annoying.”

Persequi singulos longum est, quorum aut latrunculi aut pila aut excoquendi in sole corporis cura consumpsere vitam. Non sunt otiosi, quorum voluptates multum negotii habent. Nam de illis nemo dubitabit, quin operose nihil agant, qui litterarum inutilium studiis detinentur, quae iam apud Romanos quoque magna manus est. Graecorum iste morbus fuit quaerere, quem numerum Ulixes remigum habuisset, prior scripta esset Ilias an Odyssia, praeterea one eiusdem essent auctoris, alia deinceps huius notae, quae sive contineas, nihil tacitam conscientiam iuvant sive proferas, non doctior videaris sed molestior.

Mocking the quibbles of scholars is wherein the pejorative usage of the term ‘academic’ comes. This is an old tradition!

Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 1.22

“You understand that somewhere Timo the Philasian phone call the Museum a birdcage as he mocks the scholar who room supported there due to the fact that they were fed prefer the priciest bird in a big cage:

Many room fed in many-peopled Egypt,The paper-pushers closed increase waging endless warin the bird-cage that the Muses.

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