Harpies are terrible female monsters that looked like a bird with an ugly women's head. Harpies means snatchers. They were personifications of story winds, but then they became physical beings. Three of them were called Podarge, Aello, and Ocypete. "In the early art they were pictured as blond young women, but in time they took the shape more known, with pale, diguesting faces and long claws." They don't know who their parents were, but Thaumas and Electra have been suggested. Also Dionysos, Typhon, and Phineus have named a few. "The Harpies plagued the blind seer Phineus because he had left his wife Cleopatra for another woman, who wa cruel to his sons." They would steal all his food, and this continued until Argonauts came and the Boreades drove them away. The Harpies acted as punishin beings, and when King Pandore sinned against the gods they took his daughters Clytia and Cameira to be tortured by the Eumenides. harpies.jpg
















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