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(Ὑμέναιος; Hyménaios). God of marriage ceremonies or a wedding song (Sappho: ὑμήναος; hymḗnaos, Callimachus: ὑμήναιος; hymḗnaios).

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[1] Greek god of weddings

Greek god of weddings whose name derives from the Greek word for wedding hymn, hyménaios. The etymology is unclear. H. is a relatively late creation: he first appears as a personification of the wedding hymn in Pindar (fr. 128c) and Euripides (Tro. 310; 314). In the innovative choral lyrics of the 4th cent. BC, he appe…

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Bremmer, Jan N. (Groningen), “Hymenaios”, 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 22 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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