Odysseus fighting against Scylla and Charybdis, Johann Heinrich Füssli, 1794-1796.
Charybdis was a sea-monster whose gigantic whirlpool swirled in the straits of Messina opposite the cliffs of the monster Scylla. She was probably the daimon of the tides with her thrice daily sucking and expulsion of waters--mentioned by Homer--imagined as the cause of the three high and low tides of the day.
The ancient Greek scholia on Homer's Odyssey give several different accounts of the origin of Kharybdis. In one she was a daughter of Pontos (Sea) and Gaia (Earth) who laid siege to the land with her waves. Zeus, in anger, captured and chained to the sea-bed. In another tale, she was a voracious women who stole the cattle of Herakles. For this reason Zeus cast her into the sea with the blow of a thunderbolt.
The Greeks had a verb ekcha rubdizô which meant to swallow like Kharybdis. According to Hesykhios (s.v. anepothe) this verb was invented by Pherekydes to describe those who were glutonous.
Kharybdis was perhaps identical to Keto Trienos "the Sea-Monster Thrice" who was the mother of Skylla and grandmother of the Sicilian giant Polyphemos. Theoi Greek Mythology.
In this activity, after discusings about the simbolysm of the Charybdis, you are going to collaborativelly create a poster with canva for the Female Monster Museum from artworks.
The poster shall include:
-The name of the monster.
-The title of the artwork or artworks that appear on the poster.
-The name of the authors of the artworks that appear on the poster.
-Some written and oral annotations in English explaining the symbolism of the female monster.
-The number of the transnational group: 4.
-The logo of the project and the European Union.
-To create the poster in a collaborative way, we are going to use the tool: canva.
-In each poster you could create more tha one page.
-To enter canva you have just to copy the link corresponding to your international group.
Poster - team 4