Who or what was Scylla? Well, she/it is also from Odysseus adventures. Poor Odysseus…
A stranger monster is harder to imagine. According to Edith Hamilton, “Out of her body grew serpents’ and fierce dogs’ heads. The beastly forms were a part of her… She stood rooted to a rock…”
It’s not too hard to imagine this creature full of hate. Who would want to be cursed AND stuck to a rock. If she took out every ship that crossed her path, it might have been out of anger… Or boredom. After all, how would you fill your days stuck to a rock?
Apparently the rock she was stuck to wasn’t some isolated little thing. No, poorScylla is trapped in the middle of an ocean thoroughfare for those sea faring heroes seeking fame and fortune. Odysseus wasn’t the only one who suffered from Scylla’s fits, Jason and his Argonauts, and Aeneas did too.
Anyone know why Scylla was cursed?
In tragic mythological fashion, Scylla’s fate was determined by a woman scorned. The very beautiful witch Circe was envious when a man grew greatly enamored with Scylla (she was not covered in snakes and dogs when this affection was discovered.). Scylla, never a romantic, wasn’t interested in the man, so the man sought out Circe’s help with wooing. When Circe heard the man wax poetically about his beloved Scylla, Circe wanted him. But guess what, he wanted only Scylla.
Fast forward – Circe scorned – Circe cursing Scylla – Scylla becomes the sea monster on a rampage.
Aah, love. Ain’t it grand?