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Megaera

Megaera

[muh-jeer-uh]
Megaera: see Furies.
''There is also a figure named Megara (mythology).

Megaera (Ancient Greek: Μέγαιρα, English translation: "the jealous one") is one of the Erinyes in Greek mythology. She is the cause of jealousy and envy, and punishes people who commit crimes, especially marital infidelity. Like her sisters Alecto and Tisiphone, she was born of the blood of Uranus when Cronus castrated him. In modern French (mégère) and Portuguese (megera), derivatives of this name are used to designate a jealous or spiteful woman. The Italian word megera indicates an evil and/or ugly woman.

References in popular culture

  • In David Weber's novel Path of the Fury, Megaera is the name of a sentient AI and the ship that she occupies.
  • Megaera is the name of the gorgon in the 1964 film The Gorgon, although this seems a misunderstanding of her role in Greek mythology.
  • In the video game Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Megaera can be summoned to aid the player in battle.
  • "Megaera" is a song by the British rock band Return of the Furies
  • In Thomas Pynchon's "Against the Day", the historical HMS Megaera is described as "...a frigate which had been wrecked on Amsterdam Island nearly thirty years before." (107)
  • Megaera is a secondary character in L.E. Modesitt, Jr's Towers of the Sunset. She is a Chaos wizard who is bound to the fate of Creslin an Order wizard. Her personality differs somewhat from that in mythology.

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