Brill’s New Pauly

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(Πολυφόντη/Polyphóntē). Daughter of Hipponous and Thrassa, the daughter of Ares. P. spurns Aphrodite, sets off into the mountains and there becomes a companion of  Artemis. Aphrodite therefore punishes P. with love for a bear, and she gives birth to the man-eating twins Agrius and Oreus. Zeus intends to have their limbs cut off, but Ares causes them and their mother to be turned into birds. P. becomes the owl that announces war and discord to people (Antoninus Liberalis 21).

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Thurmann, Stephanie (Kiel), “Polyphonte”, 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 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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