The Myth of Polyphonte and the Origin of the Striges

Tell me, oh Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy, of the one called Polyphonte, she who tried to resist the charms of fair Aphrodite, but who spurned the protections of wild Artemis. Speak to me of she who heeded not the kings…

An Excerpt from Plato’s Symposium

Original text translated by Benjamin Jowett

Edited, annotated, and compiled by Rhonda L. Kelley

Adapted by Alexanthros Vrykolakas

Anselm Feuerbach, The Symposium (Second Version), 1873. Alcibiades (far left, drunk); Pausanias (behind Agathon); Agathon (center); Socrates (bent head); Aristophanes (facing Socrates, black beard); Aristodemus (figure against wall behind Socrates).

Alexanthros Galenos Vrykolakas

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