Scylla (Biographical details)

Scylla (mythological figure/creature; Roman; Greek; Female)

Also known as

Scylla; Skylla


Sea-monster occupying one of two rocks between Italy and Sicily (the other occupied by Charybdis, q.v.); her origins and details of her appearance vary according to different traditions but she is usually shown with the upper part of her body as that of a woman and the lower that of a fish or serpent surrounded by dogs. One tradition says that she was originally a maiden with whom Glaucus fell in love, thus arousing the jealousy of Circe (q.v.) who transformed her into the sea-monster. She is sometimes confounded with Scylla, daughter of Nisus of Megara (q.v.)


Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology