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Traditional Geocache

Between Scylla & Charybdis

A cache by dave+kathi
Hidden : 10/13/2010
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

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Scylla and Charybdis were two sea monsters of Greek mythology noted by Homer. Later Greek tradition located them on opposite sides of the Strait of Messina between Sicily and mainland Magna Graecia (southern Italy.) They were said to be located close enough to each other that they posed an inescapable threat to passing sailors. Avoiding Charybdis meant passing too closely to Scylla. Scylla was said to be a creature who was rooted to one spot in the ocean, and regularly ate sailors who passed too closely. Her appearance varied in classical literature. She was described by Homer in The Odyssey as having six heads perched on long necks, along with twelve feet. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, she was depicted as having the upper body of a nymph, with her midsection composed of dog's heads. Charybdis was depicted with a single gaping mouth that sucked in huge quantities of water, and belched them out three times a day, creating whirlpools. According to myth, Odysseus was forced to choose which monster to confront while passing through the strait. He opted to pass by Scylla and lose only a few sailors, rather than risk the loss of the entire ship into the whirlpool. Jason and the Argonauts were able to navigate through without incident, due to Hera's assistance, while Aeneas was able to bypass the deadly strait altogether. (text from (visit link)

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Last Updated: on 10/29/2014 12:50:17 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:50 PM GMT)
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