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Thrinicia, mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, is the island home of Helios' cattle, is said to have been Sicily since the name Thrinicia implies an island connected to the number 3 and Sicily has three corners. However, Sicily is huge by ancient Greek standards and so its three corners are only noticeable on the map, not at sea, and it is more likely that the name Thrinicia would have come about because sailors could use it to easily identify an island as they could see it.


The fact that Sicily is the often identified with the episode of the Cyclopes, only serves to underline the shaky footing any geographer is on when trying to identify Homer's locations.


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Helios (364 words)
In the earthquake of 224-223 BCE the statue broke off at the knees.
On other places where he was worshipped, there were herds dedicated to him, such as on the island of Thrinacia (occasionally equated with Sicily).
Here the companions of Odysseus helped themselves with the sacred animals.
Charybdis, Greek Mythology Link - www.maicar.com (1520 words)
Then Circe said that after having passed Scylla 1 and Charybdis, Odysseus and his crew would come to the island of Thrinacia, which some say it is Sicily and that was first called Trinacria because of its triangular shape; but some have said that Odysseus was never in the neighbourhood of Sicily.
In any case in Thrinacia, Circe said, they would find Helius' seven herds of cattle and seven flocks of sheep, which had fifty head in each and were shepherded by his daughters Lampetia and Phaethusa.
But while they were still in Thrinacia, the gods, according to what Odysseus has told, visited them with portents: the skins crawled and the meat groaned, making a sound like the lowing of cattle.
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