The daughter of Nisus, king of Megara. She loved Minos and for him betrayed her father. She cut off the golden lock of hair on which Nisus' life depended, as well as the fate of the city. Her father died, but Minos, who was horrified at the conduct of the unnatural daughter, ordered Scylla to be fastened to the poop of his ship, and afterwards drowned her in the Saronic gulf. According to others, she cast herself into the ocean and was transformed into the rock dove (columba livia), the common prey of the sea eagle, the bird her father was transformed into.


Scylla is depicted on a mural at the Casa di Castore e Polluce in Pompeii. She hands her father's golden hair to Minos.



  • Ovid. Metamorphoses viii, 6 ff.