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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Asclepios - Atlas - Boreas - Charites - Cybele - Dryads - Eos - Erinyes - Eros - Gaea - Gigantes - Gorgons - Hades - Harpies - Hebe - Helios - Hermaphroditus - Hestia - Horae - Iris - Kronos - Maenads - Moirai - Muses - Naiads - Nereids - Nereus - Nymphs - Oceanides - Oceanos - Pan - Persephone - Priapus - Prometheus - Rhea - Satyrs - Seilenoi - Seilenos - Selene - Themis - Thetis - Triton - Zephyros

Harpies

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These were the "Snatching" daughters of Thaumas and Electra, daughter of Oceanos. Initially two, Aello and Ocypete, a third was added later by name Celaeno. Hesiod describes them as exceptionally beautiful beings with lovely hair, and with wings which enabled them to fly as envoys of Hades. But with time their shape changed and they retained only the faces of women with bodies of birds, a form in which the souls of the dead are often depicted. They gave off a terrible stench, and caused droughts, plagues and famine, seizing their human victims indiscriminately whether young or old, male or female, and carrying them off to Hades. The sons of Boreas rid Phineas of these Harpies who had been torturing him, and they finally settled in the Strophades islands. [p. 48]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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