As I promised here is the legend in vampire history of Greece…
The vampire fore-runner is next seen in ancient Greek mythology. While there are several minor deities that have vampire-like qualities, the myths involving Lamia and the Empusa are the closest link to modern day vampires. While neither demigoddess was considered “undead,” both show many similarities to the vampire.
Greek mythology tended to be malleable over time, and demigods and goddesses tended to change in quality, form, virtues, and responsibilities. The earliest form of the Empusa was that of being the daughter of the Greek Goddess Hecate. Hecate was originally a Chthonian (meaning not a major deity residing upon Mt. Olympus) Greco-Roman goddess of magic, and was later a three-faced goddess of ghosts, witches, and curses. The Empusa is described as demonic-looking and was said to have bronze feet. She would take the form of a beautiful young woman in order to seduce young men and drink their blood while asleep.
Lamia, however, is something entirely different. Considered somewhat a tragedy (at least by ancient Greek standards), Lamia was something new in the progression of the vampire myth.
Lamia is the first vampire-type creature in history who was not a god or goddess, the first who was originally human.
According to Diodorus Siculus, a first century BC historian, Lamia was the daughter of King Belus of Egypt. Upon her father’s death, she became queen of one his most prosperous territories, Libya, and Zeus’s lover, Lamia had an affair with Zeus, and they produced several offspring, including Herophile. Herophile was a famous sibyl, or prophetess at Delphi.
When Hera, wife of Zeus and goddess of women and marriage, found out about the affair, she flew into a rage and killed all of the children of Lamia and Zeus. Lamia was driven insane with grief. According to Diodorus, she vowed revenge and began devouring infants and consuming their blood. Lamia then loses the ability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over her dead children. Eventually, her face began to take on hideous demonic aspects because of her terrible crimes.
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