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Acanthis and Acanthus
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(Ἀκανθίς, ‘siskin’ and Ἄκανθος, ‘goldfinch’). Daughter and son of Autonous and Hippodamia, sisters of Erodius (‘Heron’), Anthus (obscure bird-name), Schoineus (likewise). When the mares from the father's horse stud pulled Anthus apart, the family grieved for him, until out of compassion Zeus and Apollo transformed them all into birds: the parents into a bittern and a crested lark, the children into the birds whose names they bore (Anton. Lib. 7).

Bibliography

P.M.C. Forbes Irving, Metamorphosis in Greek myth, 1990, 224 f.

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Acanthis and Acanthus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e111560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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