Greek Giants

First may I start off with saying I love Ancient Greece, and Rome and Egypt and all those ancient places, would I want to actually live in that time?…Probably not…But a lot of those civilisations just completely fascinate me.

So I was completely fascinated to find out this week, what Historians believe created one of the Ancient Greeks most well-known mythical Giants, the cyclops. As many ancient stories and myths are created, the creatures, monster and scary bogey men” usually come from someone’s true life encounter.

Where they believed the Myth of the Cyclops come from is from the skeleton of the true ancient giant, the Mammoth.

The real animals that inspired the Cyclops (Modern Notion website).

Cyclops Myth spurred by “One-Eyed” Fossils? (National Geographic)

They believe from looking at the skulls of a Mammoth, the hole in the skull where the trunk would have been, it does look like a eye.

Mammoth
Copyright: D. Finnin/AMNH