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



  1. Homer. Odyssey i, 282, ii, 216; xxiv, 412; Iliad ii, 93.
  2. Oedipus Tyrannus, 158.
  3. Hesiod. Works and Days, 705 ff.; Virgil. Aeneid iv, 174 ff.; Ovid. Metamorphoses xii, 39 ff.
  4. 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.