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Ephialtes
(540 words)

(Ἐφιάλτης; Ephiáltēs). Mythology  Aloads.

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[1] Son of Eurydemus of Malis

Son of Eurydemus of Malis, he is supposed to have shown  Xerxes the path over the mountains at  Thermopylae, in the hope of a large reward. This enabled the Persians to circumvent the Greek army under Leonidas and attack it from the rear. E. himself is said to have led the elite corps of Hydarnes along this path, and so c…

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Stein-Hölkeskamp, Elke (Cologne), Rhodes, Peter J. (Durham) and Engels, Johannes (Cologne), “Ephialtes”, 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 25 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e331560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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