"from the dimpled cheeks of the august Tysiphone "
Tisiphone was one of the Erinyes
in Greek mythology. These are deities of vengeance, and correspond with the Furies
of Roman mythology. Virgil identifies three sisters - Alecto (unnameable), Megaera (grudging), and Tisiphone (vengeful destruction). Their heads are wreathed with serpents, and their eyes drip with blood. Some depictions show them with the wings of a bat and the body of a dog. Tisiphone is responsible for punishing crimes of murder - parricide, fratricide and homicide.