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Headword: *sku/lla
Adler number: sigma,709
Translated headword: Scylla
Vetting Status: high
The story used to be told that there is a monster in the Tyrrhenian Sea[1] which has the form of a very beautiful woman as far as its eyes;[2] six dogs' heads on each side; and for the rest a snaky body.
Greek Original:
*sku/lla: e)n tw=| *turrhnikw=| pela/gei qhri/on e)muqeu/eto ei)=nai, me/xri me\n o)fqalmw=n gunaiko\s perikallou=s sxh=ma e)/xon: e(kate/rwqen de\ kunw=n kefala\s e(/c: to\ de\ a)/llo sw=ma o)fiw=des.
On Scylla see generally OCD4 Scylla(1). The present entry's material is abbreviated from ps.-Nonnus, Scholia mythologica 4.52.
On Scylla's proverbial counterpart Charybdis see chi 144.
[1] Off southern Italy.
[2] So the transmitted text; but ps.-Nonnus has 'navel', here pluralized.
Marianne Govers Hopman, Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox (2012)-- reviewed BMCR 2013.05.53
Keywords: gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; medicine; mythology; women; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 July 2000@20:20:15.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Modified translation.) on 19 September 2000@20:59:28.
David Whitehead (added notes, bibliography, keyword; cosmetics) on 22 May 2001@07:30:34.
David Whitehead (another note) on 10 May 2011@04:18:53.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented note and keywords; added bibliography) on 30 August 2013@03:27:57.
David Whitehead on 30 December 2013@04:27:22.
David Whitehead (another note) on 8 April 2014@10:02:05.
David Whitehead on 9 August 2014@11:33:19.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 21 December 2014@00:41:01.


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