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(Πορφυρίων/Porphyríōn). King of the Attic deme of Athmonon (Paus. 1,14,7), later identified with the king of the  Giants (Pind. Pyth. 8,12 ff.). Son of Athamas and Gaea or of Erebus and Nyx (Hyg. Fab. praef. 1). An enemy of Zeus (Aristoph. Av. 1251). P. is incited by Zeus to lust for Hera. When he tried to assault her, Zeus struck him with his lightning bolt and Heracles hit him with an arrow (Apollod. 1,36). According to Pindar (l.c.) P. was defeated by Apollo.

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Thurmann, Stephanie (Kiel), “Porphyrion”, 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 10 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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