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Tecmessa
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(Τέκμησσα/Tékmēssa, Latin Tecmessa). Phrygian princess, given to Ajax [1] as a prize (Hom. Il. 1,138). With her he fathers Eurysaces. In Soph.  Aj. the character of T. is developed for the first time, her relationship with Ajax is defined by mutual respect and fidelity (Dictys 2,18; Quint. Smyrn. 5,521-567). Roman tragedy writers also took an interest in the subject, as did Horace (Carm. 2,4,5f.) and Ovid (Ars am. 3,517-520).

Bibliography

J. Boardman, s. v. T., LIMC 7.1, 832 

E. Oberhummer, s. v. T. (1), RE 5 A, 157 f. 

K. Synodinu, T…

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Harder, Ruth Elisabeth (Zürich), “Tecmessa”, 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 08 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1202610>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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