Euryale (Gorgon)

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Parents Phorcys and Ceto
Siblings Stheno, Medusa, the Graeae, Thoosa, the Hesperides, Echidna, and Ladon

Euryale (/jʊəˈrəli/; Greek: Εὐρυάλη "far-roaming"), in Greek mythology, was the second eldest of the Gorgons, the three sisters that have the hair of living, venomous snakes.


Euryale and her sisters were daughters of primordial sea god and goddess Phorcys and Ceto, who personified the dangers of the sea.[1][2][3] According to Hyginus, the parents of the Gorgons were Gorgon and Ceto.[4]


Euryale and her sister Stheno were immortal, whereas Medusa was mortal. In some versions of mythology, Euryale also had the ability to turn anyone to stone with her gaze.[5] In many stories, Euryale is noted for her bellowing cries, particularly in the tale of Medusa's death at Perseus' hands.[3]

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  1. ^ HesiodTheogony, 276
  2. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus. Bibliotheca, Book 1.2.6, 2.4.2
  3. ^ a b PindarPythian Ode, 12.20; Nonnus. Dionysiaca, Book 25.58
  4. ^ Hyginus. Fabulae, Preface
  5. ^ Rengel, Kathleen N. Daly ; revised by Marian (2009). Greek and Roman mythology, A to Z (3rd ed.). New York: Chelsea House Publishers. ISBN 9781604134124.