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Scylla, the Destructor of Vessels

Last Update: 08 May 2021


Scylla, the Destructor of Vessels
Scylla was a monstrous, evil creature of the seas. According to one myth, she was loved by Poseidon, the god of the sea, and was therefore transformed by his jealous wife Amphitrite into a monster with a cat's tail and dog's heads wrapped around its waist.

Scylla and Charybdis lived close to each other on two huge rocks lying side by side in the Strait of Messina, between Italy and Sicily, and spread fear among the sailors who passed the island.

Scylla's task was to roll huge rocks into the sea, destroy ships that happened to pass by, and eat sailors.
The phrase "standing between Scylla and Charybdis" is an idiom derived from Greek mythology that is still used today. It means being faced with two equally dangerous or risky alternatives, where avoiding the one ensures the harm of the other.

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