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Tisiphone (Ancient Greek: Τισιφόνη, "avenging murder") is the name of two figures in Greek mythology.

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Erinyes

Tisiphone was one of the Erinyes or Furies, and sister of Alecto and Megaera. She was the one who punished crimes of murder: parricide, fratricide and homicide. A myth recounts how Tisiphone fell in love with Cithaeron, and caused his death by snakebite, specifically, by one of the snakes from her head. In Book VI of Virgil's Aeneid, Tisiphone is recognized as the furious and cruel guardian of the gates of Tartarus.

Daughter of Alcmaeon

Tisiphone was the daughter of Alcmaeon and Manto. Alcmaeon accidentally left his children, Tisiphone and Amphilochus, with Creon. Creon's wife sold Tisiphone into slavery, envious of her beauty. She didn't realize that Tisiphone's purchaser was acting on behalf of her father. When Alcmaeon returned, he rescued his daughter and recovered his son.

Modern culture

  • Tisiphone abeona is a species of Australian butterfly.
  • Between 1790 and 1973 there was a British naval sloop called Tisiphone: [1].
  • Fury is a fictional character empowered by Tisiphone.
  • Path of the Fury is a book by David Weber later expanded and reissued as In Fury Born.
  • The Game Boy Advance game, Golden Sun: The Lost Age features a weapon named the 'Tisiphone Edge', a light blade that unleashes a special critical attack called 'Vengeance'.
  • The character Tisiphone was personified in the stage play "Rough Magic", written by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa. Portrayed at the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, New York, 2005, by John Misselwitz.
  • In "Tomb Raider: Underworld" videogame, Megaera and Tisiphone are the names of two sister ships on which is partly set the game.

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