Monster of the Sea

Getting to Know Scylla

  • Scylla was a monster with six heads, twelve feet, and six dog heads on her legs (
  • She was the daughter of Crataeis and Trienus. (Dictionary of Classic Mythology)
  • She was slain by Hercules, some stories say that she was brought back to life by Circe. (Dictionary of Classical Mythology)
  • Was located in the Strait of Messina across from Charybdis. (
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Rivalry with Circe

At one time in her life, Scylla was a normal human being. This changed when Circe the sorceress became jealous of her and turned her into a sea monster. (
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Role in the Odyssey

  • Odysseus and his crew had to sail through Scylla and Charybdis in the Strait of Messina. (
  • Scylla devoured six of Odysseus's companions as they sailed by. (ABC Clio)

Works Cited

  • Atsma, Aaron J. "Scylla:Sea Monster." SCYLLA : Sea Monster | Greek Mythology, Skylla, W/ Pictures. Theoi Project, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2014.
  • The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "Scylla and Charybdis (Greek Mythology)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2014.
  • Grimal, Pierre. "Scylla." The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Oxford, England: Blackwell, 1985. 124-25. Print.
  • "Scylla." ABC Clio. N.d. ABC Clio. Web.