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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.

Marble head of Athena. Hellenistic, ca. 200 B.C. Greek. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1996 The dynamic movement and passionate expression of this colossal head mark it as a rare example of monumental art from the late third to the second century B.C., when an exaggerated baroque style prevailed in some areas of the Mediterranean.

Greek Mythology: The Sphinx (or Phix) was a female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle's wings and, according to some, a serpent-headed tail. She was sent by the gods to plague the town of Thebes as punishment for some ancient crime. There she preyed on the youths of the land, devouring all those who failed to solve her riddle. Kreon, the then regent of Thebes, offered the kingship to any man who could destroy her. Oidipous accepted the challenge...

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: 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...

Greek Mythology: Geras was the spirit (daimon) of old age, one of the malevolent spirits spawned by the goddess Nyx (Night). He was depicted as a tiny shrivelled up old man. Geras' opposite number was the goddess of youth, Hebe.

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: Cepheus, Constellation. Cepheus: A King of Aethiopia and father of the lovely Andromeda. He was forced to sacrifice his daughter to a sea monster because the boasts of his wife Cassiopea offended the gods. But the hero Perseus slew the beast and rescued her. As a memorial the whole family - Cepheus, Cassiopea, Andromeda and Perseus - were placed amongst the stars. (Hyginus 2.9)