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Polydectes
(110 words)

(Πολυδέκτης/Polydéktēs).

[German version]

[1] Mythical colonist and king of Seriphus

Son of Magnes [2], mythical colonist and king of Seriphus, brother of Dictys [1]. He wanted to force Danae, who had been stranded in a box with her son Perseus, into marriage, but Perseus turned him to stone with the head of Medusa (Gorgo [1]), which he had brought from the Hyperborei, and made Dictys king (Pind. P. 12; Apollod. 2,24-46).

[German version]

[2] Epithet of Hades

Poetic epithet of the…

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Käppel, Lutz (Kiel), “Polydectes”, 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 14 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1001330>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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