Euryale (Gorgon)

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Euryale
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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.

Family[edit]

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]

Mythology[edit]

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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.