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Tisiphone is one of the three sister Erinyes (called by the Romans the Furies), Goddesses Who punished murderers; Her sisters are Alekto and Megaira. They are sometimes said to be the daughters of Nyx, the Night Goddess. Tisiphone’s name means ‘Retribution’. They are very old Goddesses, in myth older than any of the Olympians; historically they are mentioned in Mycenaean times, in the singular e-ri-nu in Linear B.

The Erinyes are described quite colorfully in various ancient texts—with snakes instead of hair (like the Gorgones), red, sunken eyes, and robes drenched in blood, surrounded by ghosts. They were invoked by victims to curse the guilty, whom They could torment in life or in death.

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