Our May 2016 Tour, Day 8: Polyphemus and Friends


Sicily is the setting for many of the adventures told in Homer’s Odyssey. And, indeed, some of the stupendous mosaic scenes at the Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina (Where we’ll be on the morning of Day 8 of our May 2016 Experience Sicily with Melissa Muller tour) illustrate some of the epic poem’s tales. For example, there is this one, pictured, of Polyphemus, a Cyclops.

Polyphemus lived in a cave along Sicily’s seashore. Our hero Odysseus, the curious and cunning fellow that he was, couldn’t resist learning more about the Cyclops, so he took 12 of his most able men and made himself at home in Polyphemus’ cave that was full of cheeses, milk, and goats and sheep–delights that are hard to resist when you’ve been at sea for a few years. Well, long, detailed story very short, Polyphemus wasn’t too happy when he found uninvited guests in his home enjoying his food. Intelligently, as shown here, Odysseus used his smarts and resources to get the giant drunk so he and his remaining (some had been eaten) men could free themselves from the Cyclops’ fury.

Come with us this May 19-31, 2016 to contemplate these stunning mosaics for yourself…  In concert with unique gastronomic themed activities designed by Melissa Muller, an author and chef passionate to the core for Sicily’s culture, people, and cuisine. Contact me today at AllisonScola@ExperienceSicily.com to engage this May with the land that we desire to share with you!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. tpetriano says:

    So looking forward to this trip!

  2. That crafty Odysseus really made the rounds! And why didn’t his wife give up on him after his 20-year absence?!!

    1. I love it. Faith and love, I suppose!

  3. She was spinning a web and at one point it started unraveling, but Odysseus made it back home just in time.

    1. Brava Dana! Good memory!

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