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(Πελασγός/Pelasgós, Latin Pelasgus). Progenitor and namesake of the Pelasgi, with different regional myths in Arcadia, Argos and Thessaly. The Arcadian P. (1), son of Zeus and Niobe, husband of Meliboea or the nymph Cyllene and father of Lycaon (Apollod. 3,96), is the first inhabitant of the land. As its king he creates the cultural foundations (Paus. 8,1,4) and establishes a temple to Zeus (Hyg. Fab. 225; here P. is considered the son of Triopas, also Paus. 2,22,1). The Argive P. (2), great-grandson of Argos [I 1] (Hyg. Fab. 145), takes Demeter into his house (Paus. …

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Thurmann, Stephanie (Kiel), “Pelasgus”, 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 04 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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