Visual Joke

Between Scilla

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and

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Of course, Scilla is the flower and Scylla is the monster with the “barking womb” (her middle was ringed with slathering dog heads) as featured in ┬áCatullus 60:

Either a lioness from Libya’s mountains
or Scylla barking from her terrible bitch-womb
gave birth to you, so foul & so hard your heart is:
the great contempt you show as I lie here dying
with not a word from you! Such a beastly coldness.

And Charybdis referred to the whirlpool, which is currently identified as the bad part of sea called the Garofalo in the Messina Strait where the tide goes one way and the strong wind the other.