The personification of rumor or report, the Latin Fama. As it is often impossible to trace a report to its source, it is said to come from Zeus, and hence Ossa is called the messenger of Zeus.1 Sophocles2 calls her a daughter of Hope, and the poets, both Greek and Latin, have indulged in various imaginary descriptions of Ossa or Fama.3
At Athens she was honored with an altar.4
- Homer. Odyssey i, 282, ii, 216; xxiv, 412; Iliad ii, 93.
- Oedipus Tyrannus, 158.
- Hesiod. Works and Days, 705 ff.; Virgil. Aeneid iv, 174 ff.; Ovid. Metamorphoses xii, 39 ff.
- Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 17.1.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.