"because my mother as she left would call down on me the avenging Furies"
The Furies pursue Orestes
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In Greek mythology, the Furies (or Erinyes) were goddesses of vengeance who pursued and punished perpetrators of terrible crimes, usually those involving kin against kin. To kill or harm one’s own mother would have been considered a despicable crime against the very nature of the world.