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Eumenides

by Stephanie Luddy, Clarksville Middle School
A euphemistic Greek term for the Erinyes (Furies). The name means something like "the kind ones, the well-minded, or well-disposed ones, or protectors of the suppliant".

This title was applied to the Furies, who were female spirits who tormented the guilty. They were born from the blood of Uranus. Uranus was killed by his own son Cronus, who was helping his mother, Gaia. Gaia made a sickle from her body so Cronus could arm himself. When Uranus' blood fell upon the earth, the Furies were made. It was also used for the title of the play called Oresteia. It was the third play in the series.


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  • Pronunciation:
    u-men'-i-dez

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