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Caliban Meaning and Origin

Caliban is a name that has been used in various works of literature and mythology. The name first appeared in William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” which was written in the early 17th century. In the play, Caliban is a character who is depicted as a half-human, half-monster creature who is enslaved by the play’s protagonist, Prospero. Outside of literature, Caliban is also the name of a moon of Uranus. It was discovered in 1997 by a team of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. The moon is named after a character from “The Tempest” due to the moon’s dark, mysterious appearance.

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