), the personification of rumour or report, the Latin Famna.
As it is often impossible to trace a report to its source, it is said to come from Zeus, and hence Ossa is called the messenger of Zeus (Hom. Od. 1.282
, Il. 2.93
). Sophocles (Oed. Tyr.
158) calls her a daughter of Hope, and the poets, both Greek and Latin, have indulged in various imaginary descriptions of Ossa or Fama (Hes. Op. et Dies,
705, &c.; Verg. A. 4.174
, &c.; Ov. Met. 12.39
, &c.). At Athens she was honoured with an altar. (Paus. 1.17.1