Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Κάδµος [Kádmos]; Latin Cadmus)

A. Myth

C. is the son of the Phoenician king Agenor and Telephassa, brother of Cilix, Phoenix and Europa, husband of Harmonia, father of Agave, Autonoe, Ino, Semele and Polydorus (Hom. Od. 5,333; Hes. Theog. 937, 975–978), and grandfather of Dionysus. At Agenor’s command, C. goes off in search for his sister Europa, whom Zeus has abducted (Eur. Phoen. 638–675). Following the instructions of the Delphic Oracle, which C. asks for advice, he follows a cow to found the city …

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Wogenstein, Sebastian, “Cadmus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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