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(Πελίας; Pelías).

Legitimate king of Iolcus, son of Tyro and Poseidon, twin brother of Neleus [1] (Hom. Od. 11,241ff.; Hes. Cat. 30ff.), husband of Anaxibia or Phylomache, father of Acastus and several daughters (Peliádes), including Alcestis (Apollod. 1,95). Tyro, unmarried and living with her uncle Cretheus and his wife Sidero, exposes the twins P. and Neleus at birth. After their rescue and recognition P. kills Sidero on an altar to Hera, bringing Hera's enmity on himself (Apollod. 1,90ff.; Soph. Tyro), so that he is considered a transgressor (hybristḗs: Hes. The…

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Dräger, Paul (Trier), “Pelias”, 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 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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