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Styx

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The river of Hate, called by Milton “abhorrëd Styx, the flood of burning hate” (Paradise Lost, ii. 577). It was said to flow nine times round the infernal regions. (Greek, stugʹeo, hate.)

⁂ The Styx is a river of Egypt, and the tale is that Isis collected the various parts of Osīris (murdered by Typhon) and buried them in secrecy on the banks of the Styx. The classic fables about the Styx are obviously of Egyptian origin. Charon, as Diodõrus informs us, is an Egyptian word for a “ferryman,” and styx means “hate.”

“The Thames reminded him of Styx.”—M. Taine.

Styx, the dread oath of gods.


“For by the black infernal Styx I swear

(That dreadful oath which binds the Thunderer)

ʹTis fixed!”


Pope: Thebais of Statius, i.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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