Study Guide

Harpies Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

Theogony by Hesiod

Hesiod gives you the lowdown on the birth of the Harpies and their sister Iris in this ancient epic poem.

Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

The Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius

The Boreads duke it out with the Harpies in this ancient poem, which tells the story of the Quest for the Golden Fleece.

Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

The Argonautica by Valerius Flaccus

The Harpies also pop up in this other version of the Quest for the Golden Fleece by the author often recognized for having the most ridiculous name ever.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Aeneid by Virgil

Aeneas and his men get into some serious trouble with the Harpies when the heroes mistakenly eat some of the bird-ladies' cattle in Virgil's epic.


Dec 20, 2019

The Metamorphoses by Ovid

In this epic collection of poems, Ovid sings the praises of the Boreads for chasing the Harpies away from Phineus. (For the record, the Harpies hate Ovid.)

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Dante's version of Hell sounds like Heaven to the Harpies, because they spend their days in the Seventh Circle, torturing those who have committed suicide.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Ariel appears to the traitorous Alonso, Antonio, and Sebastian in the form of a Harpy in this magical play. (It's not exactly the most flattering disguise the world has seen.)

Dec 20, 2019

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

No-name the Harpy turns from enemy to ally for Lyra and Will in the final novel of Philip Pullman's amazing His Dark Materials trilogy.

Dec 20, 2019

God of War

If you like hacking up Harpies, then you ought to play this game, in which Kratos slices and dices whole flocks of the ugly bird-ladies.

Dec 20, 2019

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Ella the Harpy turns out to be an ally to Percy Jackson in this novel for young adults. (A nice Harpy? Say what?)

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