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Greek Mythology’s dangerous women(2)

women who waited by the side of the road to catch travelers and eat them,
women who could kill a guy with a single, icy look …
ruthless, cunning, scandalous man-eating women,
temptresses with their sexual charms

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Greek Mythology’s dangerous women(2)

  1. 1. women who waited by the side of the road to catch travelers and eat them, women who could kill a guy with a single, icy look … ruthless, cunning, scandalous man-eating women, temptresses with their sexual charms strong women with their weird animal bodies, from the snake tail to the awkward little lion body of the Sphinx ... creepy-crawly, fanged, winged and otherwise-terrifying creatures
  2. 2. While the Greeks merely invented these stories to cope with strong, unfriendly ladies, nowadays, these women are better known than some of the heroes who killed or outsmarted them. These are the dangerous women of Greek Mythology …
  3. 3. Greek Mythology’s dangerous women
  4. 4. Lamia, became a child-eating monster after her children were destroyed by Hera, who learned of her husband Zeus’s affairs with her. To further torment Lamia, Hera put a magic spell upon Lamia, causing her to be stricken with permanent insomnia, reliving the deaths of her children. Feeling sorry for Lamia and more than just a little guilty, Zeus, bestowed upon her, removable eyes, enabling to take out her eyes at night, allowing her some relief. Zeus also bestowed on, Lamia, the ability to shape shift and become an alluring half serpent, a sultry seductress who enticed young men and devoured them.
  5. 5. in the wild hills of ancient Greece during an evening dim, a young charioteer hearing a soft voice falls inextricably in love ... he is unaware that this vision is in reality a monstrous half-serpent, who metamorphoses into a woman’s form to prey on young men Lamia kneels below him ... the only clue to her nature is the glimmering of the snake-skin draped about her John William Waterhouse Lamia 1905 Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland
  6. 6. human legs and a snakeskin around her waist and a small snake on her right forearm Herbert James Draper Lamia 1909 Private collection
  7. 7. Medea, isn’t the kind of girl that most guys would want to bring home to Mom. Not only is she a sorceress with a thing for black magic, she’s also a killer. Killed her two sons after Jason left her for a pretty young princess. Sure, Medea had a right to be ticked off - she was the one who’d made Jason famous by helping him get the Golden Fleece - but most people would probably agree that executing your children because of your husband’s betrayal is a bit of an overkill.
  8. 8. Eugène Delacroix’s first version ... the mother looks anxiously into the distance, to see if she is being followed, or there are any witnesses about the boys seem to know what is about to happen: one is crying as Medea’s arm is holding him by his neck, and the other is hiding under her skirts Eugène Delacroix Medea Médée 1838 Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille
  9. 9. Medea casting a spell ... she is pulling off her necklace made of coral, the stone thought to protect children from evil, as hatred overcomes her maternal instinct the two copulating toads could symbolise her husband’s infidelity in the background of the painting, the boat of her husband Jason is shown sailing away Frederick Sandys Medea 1866-1868 Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
  10. 10. Medusa, definitely isn't going to win any beauty pageants. She and her Gorgon sisters, Euryale and Stheno, are totally revolting. They have snakes for hair and anyone who looks them in the eyes instantly turns into stone. Medusa became famous when the hero Perseus chopped off her head (with a little help from the goddess Athena).
  11. 11. the most famous image of the Medusa's head ... he follows traditional lines, with ample blood and abundant snakes, and captures the open-mouthed horror in her face the artist’s vivid realism gives depth, making this appear to be a painted relief not a flat canvas Caravaggio Medusa Méduse 1597 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
  12. 12. an exuberant mass of snakes ... even a lizard and a scorpion, more of which appear to be forming in the blood exuding from her neck ... Peter Paul Rubens The Head of Medusa Tête de Méduse 1617 Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
  13. 13. the ‘ravishingly beautiful’ Medusa … Arnold Böcklin Head of Medusa Tête de Méduse 1878 Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
  14. 14. an rocky landscape ... Medusa, her hair yet to be detailed into snakes, is stood with a fearsome expression, while her two immortal sisters are scrunched together under their wings. In Morris's poem Medusa is pacing and crying in anguish at the loss of her once beautiful hair - the result of a curse by the goddess Athena. Burne-Jones manages to convey this in her expression while the intensity of her eyes hints at her dreadful power. Perseus stands invisible behind, using the mirror to locate Medusa. Edward Burne-Jones The Perseus Series: The Finding of Medusa Le cycle de Persée: La Découverte de Méduse 1882 Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
  15. 15. Perseus has just cut Medusa’s head off ... from the severed neck emerge Pegasus and Chrysaor three of the serpents from Medusa’s head have detached and fallen to the ground Edward Burne-Jones The Perseus Series: The Death of Medusa I Le cycle de Persée : La mort de Méduse I 1882 Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
  16. 16. Medusa's two immortal sisters take to the air to find the killer ... aided by his helmet of invisibility Perseus slips away unseen Edward Burne-Jones The Perseus Series: The Death of Medusa II Le cycle de Persée:La mort de Méduse II 1881-1882 Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
  17. 17. Graeae, or the three Gray Sisters, were beautiful. They had gray hair from the day they were born and they shared one eye and one tooth, but they lost even that when Perseus stole their eye and later threw it in a lake. These supernatural ladies knew the location of the Nymphai, who guarded the supernatural tools that Perseus needed to kill Medusa. The Graeae didn’t want to help Perseus ... but Perseus was a persuasive guy.
  18. 18. Perseus holding the eye while the Graiae, portrayed in classical drapery, grope in blindness. (above the picture is an inscription in Latin intended to outline the Perseus story for visitors to Balfour's music room) Edward Burne-Jones Perseus and the Graiae Persée et les Grées 1877-1880 Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
  19. 19. Hecuba, during the Trojan war Hecuba had sent her youngest son, together with a large fortune, to safety with Polymnestor, her son-in-law and King of Thrace Polymnestor, however, abused Hecuba's trust in a dreadful manner, murdering and be spoiling the defenseless child he was supposed to protect Hecuba becomes into a raging, avenging fury … she and her Trojan women they hold Polymnestor down, then take his sword and kill his sons, and they gouge out his eyes with their brooch pins. So for punishment, instead of having a quick and easy death, he is left alive to suffer just what his treachery has cost him
  20. 20. Hecuba's revenge ... during the Trojan war Hecuba had sent her youngest son to safety with Polymnestor, her son-in-law and King of Thrace … Polymnestor, however, murdering the defenseless child Giuseppe Maria Crespi Hecuba Blinding Polymnestor Hécube aveuglant Polymnestor 1828 Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
  21. 21. Phaedra, falls in love with Hippolytus, TheSotus' son, her husband. When Hippolytus rejects Phaedra's advances, she gets revenge by telling Theseus that Hippolytus raped her. Believing his wife, Theseus asks his father Poseidon to curse Hippolytus, and the beautiful boy is dragged to his death by his own horses after a bull charges at him from the sea. However, it turned out that Phaedra was lying about the whole thing. Before Theseus had a chance to punish his wife for her crime, she took her own life.
  22. 22. Phaedra reveals her secret to the assistants, her incestuous love for Hippolyte, the son of her husband Theseus ... extremely pale, her face transmits sadness, fear, and unhappiness, torment for his passion Alexandre Cabanel Phaedra Phèdre 1880 Musée Fabre, Montpellier
  23. 23. a story about love, deception, honesty, and vengeance a burning passion for Hippolytus ... Phaedra seems lost, almost crazy, her hair echoes the monstrous Gorgon Medusa, archetype of the evil and devious creature Hippolytus, proud, even haughty; expresses his resistance to Phaedra Theseus, hand clenched in an angry fist toward his son Pierre-Narcisse Guérin Phaedra and Hippolytus Phèdre et Hippolyte 1802 Musée du Louvre, Paris
  24. 24. Clytemnestra, he never forgave Agamemnon for sacrificing Iphigenia to free the Greek ships so they could go to the Trojan War and plotted with his lover, Aegisthus, to kill Agamemnon … Later in life, with Electra's encouragement, her son Orestes killed Clytemnestra to avenge Agamemnon's death.
  25. 25. Clitemnestra's disappointment at Achilles' inability to act … Agamemnon, has just revealed to the youthful Achilles that his daughter Iphigenia is not to be married to him but sacrificed in order to appease the goddess Diana and so allow the Greek fleet to set sail for Troy As Iphigenia’s mother, Clytemnestra, looks on tearfully, Achilles angrily reaches for his sword Jacques-Louis David The Anger of Achilles La Colère d'Achille 1819 Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
  26. 26. Guérin’s Clytemnestra hesitates before killing the sleeping Agamemnon ... on the left, Aegisthus urges her on Pierre-Narcisse Guérin Clytemnestra hesitates before killing the sleeping Agamemnon Clytemnestre hésitant avant de frapper Agamemnon endormi 1817 Musée du Louvre, Paris
  27. 27. Procne, with her husband Tereus, king of Thrace, had a son, Itys. Philomela, the beautiful sister of Procne, visited them and was raped by Tereus, who tore out her tongue to prevent her revealing the crime. Yet tongueless though Philomela might be, this did not stop her from telling her story: she wove a tapestry which made it clear what had been done and the two women took their revenge ... Procne killed her little son Itys and then the sisters cut up the little boy’s body and cooked his flesh. Procne served it to Tereus After he had finished his meal, the sisters presented Tereus with the severed head of his son, and he realised what had been done. He snatched up an axe and pursued them with the intent to kill the sisters, but at this moment the gods intervened and turned all three of them into birds.
  28. 28. Tereus, King of Thrace and wife of Procne, raped his sister-in-law, Philomela, cutting out her tongue in order to avoid being denounced ... the sufferings of Itys, Procne's son, amount to "collateral damage", he is an innocent victim in the revenge enacted by Procne against her husband for his brutal rape of her sister a macabre banquet ... the two sisters’ revenge Philomela, thrusts Itys’ severed head into the face of Tereus Peter Paul Rubens Tereus' Banquet Le repas de Térée 1636-1638 Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
  29. 29. olga_oes Greek Mythology’s dangerous women (2) Les femmes dangereuses de la mythologie grecque (2) images and text credit www. Music ThePianoGuys Something Just Like This Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 created olga.e. thanks for watching

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