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Bellerophontes, Bellerophon
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(Βελλεροφόντης, Βελλεροφῶν; Bellerophóntēs, Bellerophôn). According to Homer (Il. 6,152-205), B. belonged to the Corinthian royal family, son of Glaucus and Eurymede (Apollod. 1,85) or Eurynome, grandson of Sisyphus. Or he was the son of Poseidon, who helped him tame  Pegasus, the winged horse of the gods (Pind. Ol. 13,69). Athena also helped him to accomplish this. After committing manslaughter, B. fled to King Proetus of Tiryns, who expiated him (Serv. Aen. 5,118; Tzetz. Lycoph. 17). Proetus' wife Antea ( Stheneboea) slandered B. after he rejected her lov…

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Scheer, Tanja (Rome), “Bellerophontes, Bellerophon”, 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 17 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e215030>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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