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Cercyon
(193 words)

(Κερκυών; Kerkyṓn).

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[1] Son of Poseidon

In Attic legend, a fiend living in Eleusis, son of Poseidon (Paus. 1,14,3; depicted differently in Hyg. Fab. 38, Apollod. epit. 1,3), accustomed to overpowering passers-by in a deadly wrestling game until defeated by  Theseus (Plut. Thes. 11; Paus. 1,39,3). The battle against C. is a fixed component of the cycle of Theseus' deeds, depicted pictorially from the late 6th cent. BC [1], and it is also attested to in literature sinc…

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Ambühl, Annemarie (Groningen), “Cercyon”, 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 24 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e613230>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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