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For other uses, see Tisiphone (disambiguation).

Tisiphone, or Tilphousia, was one of the Erinyes or Furies, and sister of Alecto and Megaera. She was the one who punished crimes of murder: parricide, fratricide and homicide. In Book VI of Virgil's Aeneid, she is described as the guardian of the gates of Tartarus, 'clothed in a blood-wet dress'.[1] According to one myth, she fell in love with a mortal, Cithaeron, but was spurned; in her anger she formed a poisonous snake from her hair, which bit and killed him.

Between 1779 and 1816 there was a British navy fireship (later converted to a sloop) named after the goddess.[2]

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  1. ^ "Virgil: Aeneid VI (A.S.Kline's translation)". poetryintranslation.com. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  2. ^ http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16287.0 Kent History Forum

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