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Ophion
(131 words)

(Ὀφίων/Ophíōn).

[German version]

[1] First ruler of the world

also Ophioneus (Pherecydes of Syrus 7 B 4 Diels/ Kranz). First ruler of the world, overthrown by Kronos (Apoll. Rhod. 1,503-506), husband of Eurynome [1], referred to by schol. Lycophr. 1191 as a Titan, considered by Nonn. Dion. 41,352 to be identical with Uranus. The idea of a serpent (óphis) as ruler of the world may be derived from Orphic (Orphism) or near eastern beliefs [1].

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[2] Giant in the shape of…

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Käppel, Lutz (Kiel), “Ophion”, 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 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e832030>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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