Charybdis

Charybdis

Charybdis

Charybdis was a sea monster in Greek mythology, which dwelt in the Strait of Messina. It was later rationalised as a whirlpool.

Charybdis' Homeland

It was believed that Charybdis lived under a rock on one side of the strait. Opposite Charybdis, Ancient Greeks believed there was another sea monster, Scylla, which lived inside a rock. Since the passage between the two monsters was very narrow, sailors who tried to avoid one sea monster would unavoidable get into reach of the other.

Charybdis' Role

Charybdis swallowed large amounts of water and then belched them out, creating large whirlpools that resulted in the destruction of passing ships.

Charybdis' Family

Charybdis was considered the offspring of Poseidon and Gaea, serving her father and helping him in his quarrel against Zeus. Zeus became angry that Charybdis had flooded large areas of land with water, so he turned her into a monster that would eternally swallow sea water, creating whirlpools.

Charybdis' Myths

Charybdis was mentioned in two myths, Homer's Odyssey and Jason and the Argonauts.

See Also: Scylla, Poseidon, Gaea, Zeus, Odysseus, Jason, Argonauts

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Charybdis Q&A

Who was Charybdis?

Charybdis was a sea monster in Greek mythology, which dwelt in the Strait of Messina. It was later rationalised as a whirlpool.

Who were the parents of Charybdis?

The parents of Charybdis were Poseidon and Gaea.

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