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Megaera (/məˈɪərə/; Ancient Greek: Μέγαιρα, English translation: "the jealous one"[1]) is one of the Erinyes, Eumenides or "Furies" in Greek mythology. Lamprière's Classical Dictionary states "According to the most received opinions, they were three in number, Tisiphone, "Megaera ... daughter of Nox and Acheron",[2] and Alecto".[3]

Megaera
Jealousy and envy
Questa e megera dal sinistro canto at cornell insight.jpg
"Questa e megera dal sinistro canto", front the Divine Comedy, 1793 printing
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ParentsUranus or Nyx
SiblingsAlecto and Tisiphone

Megaera is the cause of jealousy and envy, and punishes people who commit crimes, especially marital infidelity. Like her sisters Alecto and Tisiphone, as well as the Melian Nymphs, she was born of the blood of Uranus when Cronus castrated him.[4]

In modern French (mégère), Portuguese (megera), Modern Greek (μέγαιρα), Italian (megera) and Russian (мегера), this name denotes a jealous or spiteful woman - Google translates all five as "shrew".[unreliable source?]

Modern receptionEdit

Minor planet 464 Megaira is named in her honour.[5]

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  1. ^ Related to μεγαίρω "to grudge, envy" from Proto-Indo-European *meǵh2- "great" (see R. S. P. Beekes, Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Brill, 2009, p. 917).
  2. ^ Lamprière's Classical Dictionary of Proper Names mentioned in Ancient Authors, 1949, p. 366
  3. ^ Lamprière's Classical Dictionary of Proper Names mentioned in Ancient Authors, 1949, p. 234
  4. ^ Graves, Robert (1960). The Greek Myths. London: Penguin Books. p. 37. ISBN 9780140171990.
  5. ^ "(464) Megaira". (464) Megaira In: Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer. 2003. p. 52. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_465. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7.}}