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Acis, a Sicilian shepherd, who fell in love with the nymph Galatea, a daughter of Nereus. He had a formidable rival in the Cyclops Polyphemus, who crushed him with a rock, and his blood gave its name to a stream that flows from Mount Etna. The story has been musically treated by Handel in his famous cantata, Acis and Galatea.