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Marion Wadowski
by Elizaveta Gubanova
published on 07 November 2019

Scylla, whose name means 'she who rends' or 'puppy,' could only make the noise of a puppy dog, but she was well-endowed in other areas with six legs and six heads springing from various parts of her body, each with three vicious rows of teeth, so that her bite was definitely worse than her bark. Inhabiting a cave high up in the cliffs of the straits, Scylla would wait for unsuspecting prey – fish, dolphins, and men – to pass her way and then dart out one of her heads to drag the victim back into her lair to be crushed and eaten at leisure.

This is an artist's impression of the monster in Greek Mythology, drawn by Elizaveta Gubanova.

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APA Style

Gubanova, E. (2019, November 07). Scylla. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Gubanova, Elizaveta. "Scylla." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 07, 2019.

MLA Style

Gubanova, Elizaveta. "Scylla." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 07 Nov 2019. Web. 22 Mar 2023.