"Crooked, Caterpillar." The monster who was appointed by Cronus to guard the Cyclopes and the Hecatonchires in Tartarus. She had the body of a woman and the tail of a serpent. Her head was wreathed in snakes and her body was covered with thousands of small vipers for feet. Her shoulders sprouted dark wings and above her head she lifted a scorpion's tail. Zeus slew her and freed the giants to aid him in his war against the Titans.1

Diodorus2 mentions a monster of the same name, which was slain by Dionysus, and which Nonnus3 identifies with the former.



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 2.1.
  2. Historical Library iii, 72.
  3. Dionysiaca xvii, 237.


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