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date: 23 October 2018


One of many female monsters in Greek mythology. She was daughter of Phorcys and Ceto (this is the probable interpretation of Hesiod, Theog. 295: see West's comm.), was half-woman, half-snake, and was mother by Typhon of several of the monsters killed by Heracles and others. The name may also be generic: Herodotus (9. 4) traces the descent of the Scythians to the union of an echidna (‘serpent’) with Heracles.


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R. Hošek, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae 3. 678–9.Find this resource:

J. Fontenrose, Python (1959), 94–7.Find this resource:

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