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Scylla and Charybdis
Scylla and Charybdis
Fictional Character
First Appearance: The Odyssey (earliest extant source)
Author: Homer
Turtledove Appearance: "The Horse of Bronze"
"Miss Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"
Race: Monsters


Scylla and Charybdis are two sea monsters of Ancient Greek mythology who were situated on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and Calabria, in Italy. Personifying a natural rock formation and a whirlpool, they were located in close enough proximity to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors; avoiding Charybdis meant passing too closely to Scylla and vice versa. They have become a proverbial metaphor synonymous with "between a rock and a hard place," "between the devil and the deep blue sea," "Catch-22," etcetera.

Scylla and Charbydis in "The Horse of Bronze"Edit

Cheiron's expedition across the Inner Sea managed to avoid Scylla and Charbydis both in leaving the sea for Ocean the Great and returning to it.

Scylla and Charybdis in "Miss Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"Edit

Andromeda flew over Scylla and Charybdis while returning to Greece following her battle with the Gorgons, and saw that they were as horrible as advertised.

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