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(Δημοφῶν; Dēmophôn).

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[1] Youngest son of the Eleusinian prince Celeus

Youngest son of the Eleusinian prince Celeus and Metaneira. According to myth D. was nurtured by the goddess  Demeter, who had been hired as a wet-nurse; she anointed him with ambrosia and hardened him at night in the fire so as to burn away his mortality (cf. Thetis: Achilles), until his moth…

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Clinton, Kevin (Ithaca N. Y.), Bloch, René (Berne) and Engels, Johannes (Cologne), “Demophon”, 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 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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