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In Greek mythology, spirits of punishment, often represented as one of three goddesses (Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone) with hair composed of snakes, who executed the curses pronounced upon criminals, tortured the guilty with stings of conscience, and inflicted famines and pestilences. The Furies were identified at an early date with the Eumenides.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) — Religion.

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