From ocean foam came the Graeae, born already ancient, sea-virgins with gray hair and white swan bodies. Three sisters shared one eye of watchfulness and one tooth of divination. How were they to be on guard against the two-eyed, many-toothed Hero?

“[Perseus] crept up on tiptoe, 
keeping his footfall noiseless, 
and with hollowed hand and
robber’s fist 
caught the roving eye...”
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 24. 270 ff 

Hero : a thief who steals glory as a path to immortality. He begins by robbing his mother and sisters.

Hero: a thief who steals glory as a path to immortality. He begins by robbing his mother and sisters.

“[Perseus] laid ambush for 
the sentinel eye of Phorkys (Phorcys), 
the ball of the sleepless eye 
that passed from hand to hand, 
giving each her share 
under the wing of sleep in turn."

Nonnus, Dionysiaca 25. 64 ff
(trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.)

 

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