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(Ἀσκάλαφος; Askálaphos).

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[1] Demon of the Underworld

Demon of the Underworld, son of Acheron and Gorgyra (Apollod. 1,33) or of the nymph Orphne of the Avernian lake (Ov. Met. 5,539 ff.). He gave witness that in the Underworld  Persephone had already eaten of the pomegranate and thereby belonged to Pluto. Persephone (Ov. ibid.) or Demeter (Apollod. ibid.) transformed A. into an owl (ἀσκάλαφος) when Hercules lifted the heavy rock that had been rolled onto A.

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Clinton, Kevin (Ithaca N. Y.), “Ascalaphus”, 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 22 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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