Empusa

Empusa

Empusa was not the kind of girl that a dad wanted his son to bring home for Thanksgiving. Granted, she could have helped to cook the turkey maybe, but… Empusa was the beautiful daughter of the goddess Hecate and the spirit Mormo. She feasted on blood by seducing...
Cyclops

Cyclops

It can’t be easy trying to find glasses for the cyclops. A cyclops, in Greek mythology and later Roman mythology, was a member of a primordial race of giants, each with a single eye in the center of his forehead. The word “cyclops” literally means...
Sphinx

Sphinx

I know, I know… you were looking for another house pet, weren’t you. If you’re not really good at solving puzzles then I’d overlook the sphinx all together. A sphinx is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion. In...
Minotaur

Minotaur

Ever go to visit a corn maze? Just remember this guy the next time you’re lost in there: In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man or, as described by Roman poet Ovid, a being “part man and part...
Chimera

Chimera

I hope you’re not looking for trouble, because just reading this entry may bring it, according to legend about the Chimera: The Chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of...
Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf and Grendel

An ancient tale of monsters and men! If you can push through text, it’s a wonderful story. I highly recommend the translation by Seamus Heaney. Grendel is one of three antagonists (along with Grendel’s mother and the dragon) in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem...