Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

Ocypete, the swiftest Harpy

Ocypete (the "swift-flying")- also known as Ocythoe or Ocypode(the "swift-footed")- was the speediest of the Harpies.

When the Harpies stole the food from king Phineas, the children of the Wind-god of Boreas set off in pursuit of them. In the case of Ocypete, she tried to flee to southern Greece by flying over the Ionian Sea. However, Ocypete was forced to to turn in order find land and fell exhausted along with her pursuer over the shores of two small islands. Because of her, this island received the name "Strophades" (islands of the shift).

The two small islands Strophades in the Ionian Sea


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