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Circë and Scylla, from Greek mythology as retold by Ovid. Scylla, daughter of a river god, loved by Glaucus. Glaucus was also loved by the sorceress Circe. While Scylla was bathing in the sea, Circe poured a potion into the water which caused Scylla to transform into a monster with four eyes, six long necks equipped with grisly heads, each of which contained three rows of sharp teeth. Her body consisted of twelve tentacle-like legs and a cat’s tail while four to six dog-heads ringed her waist.

The giants of Greek mythology, or Gigantes ("the earth-born") as they are called in the Greek tongue, were a class of oversized and ofttimes monstrous men who were closely related to the gods. The most famous of these were the hundred Thracian Gigantes who waged war on the gods, but there were many others besides, including the handsome giant Orion, the one-eyed Polyphemus, and the six-armed Gegenees.

Greek Mythology: The Kentaurides (or Centaurides) were the female members of the Kentauroi (Centaur) tribe, creatures with the twy-formed bodies of horses and men. Female Kentauroi are seldom mentioned in ancient literature, although they do occasionally appear in ancient Greek paintings and Roman era mosaics and reliefs. One Roman relief, housed in the Louvre Museum, shows a Kentauris with her horse-legged infant in the train of the god Dionysos.

The Hydra, an ancient serpent-like chthonic water beast that possessed many heads , the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint, and for each head cut off it grew two more, it's poisonous breath and blood were so potent, even its tracks were deadly. The Hydra of Lerna was killed by Hercules as the second of his Twelve Tasks

Greek Mythology: Lyssa was the goddess or daimona (spirit) of rage, fury, raging madness, frenzy, and, in animals, of the madness of rabies. The Athenians spelt her name Lytta. Lyssa was a figure of Athenian tragedy. In Aeschylus she appears as the agent of Dionysos sent to drive the Minyades mad; and in Euripides she is sent by Hera to inflict Herakles. Greek vase-paintings of the period also confirm her appearance in plays about Aktaion, the hunter torn apart by his madenned hounds...

Greek Mythology: Maron was the Seilenos or rustic-god of Maroneia in Thrake, one of the finest wine-producing regions in the ancient world. He was also the charioteer of the god Dionysos. Maron first appears in Homer's Odyssey as a priest of Apollon in Maronia who presented Odysseus with a batch of his fine wines. Euripides describes him a son of Dionysos and pupil of Seilenos. In late Hellenistic and Roman art he is often confounded with Seilenos, or else represented as one of three...

Sculpture "Andromeda and the Sea Monster" by Domenico Guidi, 1694, housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, N.Y.

Camille Corot (French, 1796–1875). The Letter, ca. 1865. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Gift of Horace Havemeyer, 1929 (29.160.33) #letters #Connections

Greek Mythology: The Seilenoi (or Sileni) were elderly rustic spirits (daimones) in the train of the god Dionysos. They were sons of the first Seilenos and the fathers of the tribes of Satyrs and Oreiades (mountain nymphs). The Seilenoi were depicted as fat, elderly, white-haired satyrs with horse's tail and ears, and snub nose. They were often covered in fluffy white hair, and sometimes sported a pair of ox horns. The twelve male guardians of the infant Dionysos known as Pheres...

Statuette of Nike (personification of victory), late 5th century b.c.; Classical Greek