The Greeks came from the north to inhabit their peninsula and the many adjacent islands. It is said that they supplanted the Minoan civilisation based on Crete. The Greeks replaced the Minoan gods and goddesses with their own. The heroic figures of the previous culture became the monsters of the Achaen mythos.

It has been suggested that most monsters of the Greek tales are female. Reading descriptions of the Gorgons can be very interesting when we consider their usefulness for us today. In one passage I read that the Gorgons carried whips with pieces of brass bound into the flails, not the usual accessories.


Medusa was killed by Perseus, but her two sisters, Euryale and Stheno, were said to be immortal, so we can imagine, if we are inclined, that they are still somewhere in this wide world of ours.

Which is your favourite monster from Greek myth?
"Following the advice of Circe, Odysseus decided to sail closer to Scylla. Better to lose six men rather than risk an entire ship and crew. Sure enough, ''they writhed/gasping as Scylla swung them up her cliff and there/at her cavern's mouth she bolted them down raw -/screaming out, flinging their arms toward me,/lost in that mortal struggle''.