The Scylla

The Odyssey | Homer | c. 300 BC The phrase, "Between a rock and a hard place," is the modern day equivalent of, "between Scylla and Charybdis." Scylla was a sea monster with the upper body of a woman and a lower body of tentacles while Charybdis was a sea monster with a large mouth that sucked down ocean water creating whirlpools. Traveling sailors, like Odysseus, had to attempt to pass between the two monsters, but being safe from one monster meant being dangerously close to the other.