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Erinyes: Quiz


Question 1: The heads of the Erinyes, whom the two poets met in Canto IV, were wreathed with serpents (compare ________) and their eyes dripped with blood, rendering their appearance rather horrific.
GorgonTrojan WarAthenaGreek mythology

Question 2: When the mighty Titan Cronus castrated his father Uranus and threw his genitalia into the sea, the Erinyes emerged from the drops of blood, while ________ was born from the crests of seafoam.
ApolloAresAphroditeGreek mythology

Question 3: Burkert suggests they are "an embodiment of the act of self-________ contained in the oath".
CurseMagic (paranormal)Sports-related cursesMike Krukow

Question 4: A formulaic oath in the ________ (iii.278ff; xix.260ff) invokes them as "those who beneath the earth punish whosoever has sworn a false oath".
AchillesOdysseusIliadTrojan War

Question 5: "the gracious ones") or Furies in ________ were female chthonic deities of vengeance or supernatural personifications of the anger of the dead.
Ancient RomeRoman mythologyRoman festivalsPontifex Maximus

Question 6: Virgil, probably working from an Alexandrian source, recognized three: Alecto ("unceasing", who appeared in Virgil's ________), Megaera ("grudging"), and Tisiphone ("avenging murder").
Juno (mythology)AeneidAugustusApollo

Question 7: ________ followed Virgil in depicting the same three-charactered triptych of Erinyes; in Canto IX of the Inferno they confront the poets at the gates of the city of Dis.
Dante AlighieriPeter AbelardCatholic ChurchPope John Paul II

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