Asked to identify himself, Odysseus answers that his name is Nobody (Outis). This happens in the famous scene when Polyphemos is handed cup after cup of sweet wine until he falls drunkenly asleep. Retribution swiftly follows: putting a sharp stick in his single eye, the Greeks blind the Cyclops. Awakened by his terrible shrieks, the other Cyclopes hurry to his cave. When they inquire what is going on Polyphemos replies that Nobody is attacking him. Relieved, the other Cyclopes go home. Nobody was there: so there was nobody. At this juncture, they are relegated to the category of “dumb savages” who fail to understand that Nobody cannot be a name. The Greeks, Homer tells his audience, can play with language, but such craftiness is definitely beyond the Cyclopean mind. When the Greeks have finally escaped by means of another clever stratagem, Odysseus unwisely defies Polyphemos. Calling out from his ship he discloses his real name.