L is for Lamia

Herbert James Draper [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Lamia was the queen of Libya, and mistress of Zeus. Hera, Zeus' jealous wife, killed all of Lamia's children (except for Scylla, who was cursed already). She made it so that Lamia couldn't close her eyes, and so couldn't hide from the image of her murdered children. Zeus felt pity for her, and gave her the ability to remove her eyes.
Lamia went mad with grief, and took her revenge by devouring the children of others. Some versions of the tale suggest that Lamia was turned into a monster because of this, with a serpents tale below the waist.
Lamia eventually became the Lamiae, monsters similar to vampires; beautiful women who seduced men and then drank their blood.


  1. One thing I will take heart from after reading of the Greek Gods in your A to Z, is that even when I am having a bad bad I know it could be worse.

    1. 'bad bad' is bad day, my keyboard has been having problems with Greek Gods. Apparently they say they dont like my type . . . . . .

      HAH HAHAH HAH HAHH AH AHHAH HAH AHhaah hahah ahah haha h ha haha

  2. How is it that this is new to me? Interesting tale though.

  3. Yikes. I love and agree with Rob's comment.

  4. That is awesome. This is one of my favorite A to Z blogs!

  5. I'm new to this story. Hera is one jealous god, but then Zeus should have kept his pants on. To kill all her children and make it so her eyes could never close is quite the punishment.

  6. This story is absolutely incredible Laura, seriously tragic stuff that'd even turn your head nowadays.

  7. Similar to vampires? Didn't know that.
    Amazing painting. Studied art of that age in college.

  8. I forgot that Skylla was her daughter. The cursed Skylla is one of my favorites.

  9. I really liked this post! Because I've always liked mythology, I found your posts very interesting.


  10. If Zeus had kept his zipper zipped (yeah, I know, no zippers)and that goes for the other gods and goddess Greek mythology would be so dull.

  11. Wow, another sad tale are created because of a woman's jealousy. This seems to be a common theme in Greek Mythology.

  12. Very interesting theme for A to Z! I didn't know this story.


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