Where Did Cyclops Live?

In the classic epic 'The Odyssey,' Homer writes that Odysseus, the hero of the story, encountered Polyphemus, a one-eyed giants known as a cyclops, on the island of Hypereia, though there are multiple other instances of cyclops appearing in myth and other literature. Homer's version of the cyclops myth served as the basis for other writers, including Euripides and Virgil.

Though Homer described Polyphemus' home as the island of Hypereia, that area has now been identified as Sicily, a large island in southern Italy. Some versions of the cyclops myth are much less worldly, with the one-eyed humanoids serving as godly helpers, helping to fashion lightning bolts for Zeus or helping Hephaestus work his forge.