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(Καρκίνος; Karkínos).

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Cancer, the crab that was turned into a sign of the zodiac for biting Heracles in the foot at the behest of Hera while fighting the Hydra (Eratosth. Katasterismoi 11). The Alexandrian month of Karkinon (Καρκινών) was named after it.

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[2] Epic poet

C. of Naupactus, epic poet of the archaic period. In Paus. 10,38,11 C. is named, with reference to Cha…

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Walde, Christine (Basle), Visser, Edzard (Basle) and Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg), “Carcinus”, 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 12 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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