Mythological creature with the lower body, wings and claws of a bird and the chest and head of a woman, often portrayed as very ugly and loathsome. Harpies were fierce, extremely ill tempered, and lived in an atmosphere of filth and stench, contaminating everything they came near.
They were agents of punishment who abducted people and tortured them on their way to Tartarus. They were vicious, cruel and violent. Their chief employer was Hades . They lived on Strophades. .