Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

PODARGE

Greek Demoness

Also known as Podarke, Poderge

Horse-breeding harpy

She is one of the rather terrifying human-faced bird monsters known as Harpies. Homer claims she is the mother of Balius and Xanthus, the two supernatural steeds of Achilles. Her name means ‘swift of foot’, which adds a certain credibility.

However, other sources say Aello was responsible. Could Homer have been lying to us all this time?

Either way, Wind God Zephyrus was definitely the father. Podarge and the other Harpies may once have been wind spirits, which might explain why she consorted with a Wind God. But this could all be a lot of hot air.

Podarge Facts and Figures

Name: Podarge
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Podarke, Poderge

Gender: Female
Type: Demoness
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

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Podarge Relationships

Father: Thaumas
Mother: Electra
Consort: Zephyrus
Member of: Harpies

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Article last revised on May 31, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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