Scylla: Mythology

By: Braedyn Brewer

About Scylla

She was a beautiful maiden that was transformed into a monster. She was described by having six dog heads on long necks, she also had 12 feet of dogs. Scylla lived in a cave on a seaside mountain. Next to her cave was a phenomenal whirlpool called Charybdis.

Scylla and Charybdis

Scylla and Charybdis were very dangerous and it was very hard for voyagers to avoid them, so they had to avoid one or the other they would choose the one that would cause less harm to them. If they went to the side of Charybdis they would lose many men from the whirlpool but Scylla is a monster that would attack them and cause a lot of harm too. It would have been a very tough decision to make to either face Scylla or Charybdis.


There were five versions of her parents and no one knows who was her parents but most people think that it was Apollo and Hecate. Other people thought that her parents were, Trienus & Cratais, Phorcus & Hecate, Typhon & Echidna, Cratais & unknown.


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