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Nyctimene

(41 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Νυκτιμένη/ Nyktiménē). Daughter of Epopeus, the mythological king of Lesbos; after seducing her father (or being raped by her father) she is transformed into an owl by Athena (Ov. Met. 2,590ff.; Hyg. Fab. 204; 253). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Oeleus

(84 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (ᾨλεύς/ Ōileús). Mythological king of Locris [1], son of Hodoedocus and Agrianome or Laonome, the daughter of Perseon; also son of Apollo (Hyg. Fab. 161); son of Eriopis, father, by her, of 'Little' Ajax [2], also father of Medon (illegitimate, by Rhene). He was one of the Argonauts (Hom. Il. 2,726-728; 13,694-696, Apoll. Rhod. 1,74-76; Hes. Cat. 82). For the original form of the name (ιλεύς) and its meaning see [1]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 W.A. Oldfather, s.v. O., RE 17, 2175-2187.

Phlegyas

(116 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φλεγύας; Phlegýas). Eponym of the Phlegyans, a mythical people in Thessalia (Hom. Il. 13,302), also localized in Boeotia, Phocis or Epidaurus (Erythraean Paean [1. 372-374]). Son of Ares and Dotis, father of Ixion (Eur. TrGF fr. 424) and Coronis [1], mother of Asclepius (H. Hom. 16; Pind. Pyth. 3,8-11; Isyllos IG IV2 1, 128,37-56 = Paean 40 E Käppel [1. 382]). The Phlegyans were a people of brigands (H. Hom. 3,278), and P. himself set fire to the temple of Apollo in Delphi, thus becoming one of the penitents in the Underworld (…

Isyllus

(277 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Ἴσυλλος; Ísyllos) from Epidaurus, son of Socrates. Around 300 BC, poet of a consecutive series of poems (in trochaic tetrametres, dactylic hexametres, ionics, elegiac distichs), extant as inscriptions, for the cult of  Asclepius of  Epidaurus (IG IV 12 128 = [1. 380-383]). In these, I. creates on the one hand a specific Epidaurian mythology of Asclepius, which relocates the roots of the god to the healing sanctuary that had been of increasing importance since the 5th cent. BC. The traditional myth, on the other hand…

Molus

(71 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Μόλος/ Mólos). Mythical Cretan, son or brother of Deucalion, uncle or brother of Adomenes, father of Meriones (Hom. Il. 10,269; Apollod. 3,17; Diod. Sic. 5,79). There is a report about a Cretan festival in Plut. De def. or. 14, in which a headless doll called M. makes an appearance: this doll symbolises M.'s beheading as a punishment for ravishing a nymph. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography Nilsson, Feste, 440, 468f.

Phobos

(122 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φόβος/ Phóbos, Latin Pavor ). Personification of terror, esp. terror in war (cf. Aesch. Sept. 45); therefore, along with his brother Deimos, son of Ares and Aphrodite (Hes. Sc. 195f., 463f.). The brothers are found in Homer in connection with their father's chariot (Hom. Il. 4,440f.; 13,299f.; 15,119f.); they appear on the shield of Agamemnon together with Gorgo [1] (Hom. Il. 11,36f.), P. alone appears on the aegis of Athena (Hom. Il. 5,739) and of Heracles [1] (He…

Nasamon

(40 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Νασάμων; Nasámōn). Son of Amphithemis (Garamas according to Apoll. Rhod. 4,1492) and the nymph Tritonis, great-grandson of Minos. N. was the progenitor and eponym of the Nasamones in Libya (schol. Apoll. Rhod. 4,1322). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Ochimus

(55 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Ὄχιμος/ Ochimos). Mythological king of Rhodes, the oldest of the Heliadae. His brother Cercaphus married Cydippe [3], the daughter of O., although she was betrothed to another man, and the couple had to flee; following their return Cercaphus became O.'s successor (Hellanicus FGrH 140 F 37; Diod. Sic. 5,56f.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Ouroboros

(189 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Οὐροβόρος; Ourobóros). Snake biting its own tail, frequently used as a symbol by ancient alchemists but also appearing frequently in Graeco-Egyptian magical papyri (PGM 7, col. 17; cf. PGM 1,145f.; 12,203f.; 12,274f.; 36,184). It represents the unity of all forces and processes in the cosmos. By investigating a single matter accurately one understands everything: the macrocosm is reflected in the microcosm. The formula that explains the symbol is evidently meant to express the pri…

Typhoeus, Typhon

(499 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Τυφωεύς/ Typhōeús, Τυφῶν/ Typhôn; also Τυφάων/ Typháōn, Τυφώς/ Typhṓs). Gigantic mythical monster, according to Hesiod the offspring of Tartaros and Gaia, with a hundred dragons' heads (spitting fire) and serpents' feet (for pictorial representations, see [1]), set up by Gaia as a rival ruler to Zeus after the fall of the Titans but defeated by him and cast into the underworld. From then on, he causes storms and volcanic eruptions (Hes. Theog. 820-880). His union with Echidna produces more monster progeny: Orthus, Cerberus, Hydra [1], Chimaera and others ( ibid. 306-…

Menesthius

(84 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μενέσθιος; Menésthios). [German version] [1] Boeotian at Troy Son of Areithous and Philomedusa, from Ame in Boeotia, killed in Paris in the Trojan War (Hom. Il. 7,9; Tzetz. ad Hom. Il. 132). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Myrmidonian, a general of Achilles Myrmidonian, one of Achilles's generals in the Trojan War, son of Polydora and the river god Spercheus or the giant Pelor (Hom. Il. 16,173; Str. 9,433; Apollod. 3,168 with various genealogical and matrimonial variations for Polydora). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Tynnichus

(63 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Τύννιχος; Týnnichos) from Chalcis (Euboea). Choral lyricist of the 7th cent. BC (?), composer of a paean often sung in Delphi (Plat. Ion 534d), which, according to an anecdote, even Aeschylus placed above everything he could have written himself (Porph. De abstinentia animalium 2,18 p. 148 Nauck). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography L. Käppel, Paian, 1992, 359  I. Rutherford, Pindar's Paeans, 2001, 28.

Menoites

(47 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μενοίτης). Myth. Hirte des Hades, der auf der Insel Erytheia am Eingang zur Unterwelt dessen Herden hütet. M. meldet dem benachbarten Hirten Geryoneus den Raub eines seiner Rinder durch Herakles und wird im Ringkampf von Herakles getötet (Apollod. 2,108; 125). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Oileus

(77 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (ᾨλεύς). Myth. König von Lokris (Lokroi [1]), Sohn des Hodoidokos und der Agrianome oder Laonome, der Tochter des Perseon; auch Sohn des Apollon (Hyg. fab. 161); Gatte der Eriopis, von ihr Vater des “kleinen” Aias [2], auch Vater des Medon (unehelich, von Rhene), Argonaut (Hom. Il. 2,726-728; 13,694-696, Apoll. Rhod. 1,74-76; Hes. cat. 82). Zur urspr. Namensform (ιλεύς) und ihrer Bed. s. [1]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 W.A. Oldfather, s.v. O., RE 17, 2175-2187.

Plexippos

(55 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Πλήξιππος). Sohn des Thestios, Bruder der Althaia; Teilnehmer an der Kalydonischen Jagd; P. wird von seinem Neffen Meleagros [1] erschlagen, weil er der Atalante das Fell des kalydonischen Ebers rauben wollte, das dieser ihr geschenkt hatte (Apollod. 1,62; Ov. met. 8,305; 434; 440; Hyg. fab. 173; 174; 244). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Lucretia

(208 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] [1] Gattin des Numa Pompilius Gattin des Numa Pompilius, Mutter der Pompilia, Großmutter des Ancus Marcius [I 3] (Plut. Numa 21,2). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Gattin des Collatinus Gattin des Collatinus; von dem röm. Königssohn Sex. Tarquinius vergewaltigt, verpflichtet sie ihren Gatten sowie L. Iunius [I 4] Brutus und P. Valerius zur Rache und tötet sich selbst. Dieser Vorfall leitet die Vertreibung der Tarquinier aus Rom und damit den Sturz der Königsherrschaft ein (Liv. 1,57-60 [1]; Dion. H…

Oinopion

(93 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Οἰνοπίων). Sohn des Dionysos und der Ariadne (auch Sohn des Rhadamanthys: Diod. 5,79; Paus. 7,4,8f.), Gatte der Nymphe Helike, von dieser Vater der Merope [2] (auch Gatte der Merope: Pind. fr. 72 M.). Als seine Tochter Merope von Orion [1] vergewaltigt wird, blendet O. den Orion; als dieser geheilt zurückkehrt, um sich zu rächen, findet er O. nicht, da er sich unterirdisch versteckt hält (Eratosth. katasterismoi 32; Hyg. astr. 2,34; Hes. fr. 148a M.-W.). Zu anderen Varianten vgl. Apollod. 1,25f.; Parthenios 20; Serv. Aen. 1,535; 10,763. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Oionos

(74 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Οἰωνός). Sohn des Likymnios [1], aus Midea in der Argolis, Gefährte des Herakles [1], erster Sieger im Wettlauf bei den Olymp. Spielen (Pind. O. 10,64ff. mit schol.); in Sparta von den Söhnen des Hippokoon erschlagen, weil er ihren Hund getötet hat; dort wurde ein Grab des O. gezeigt (Apollod. 2,143f.; Paus. 3,15,3ff.). Der Tod des O. gilt als Grund für den Kampf des Herakles gegen die Hippokoontiden. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Pholos

(67 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Φόλος, lat. Pholus). Einer der Kentauren, Sohn des Seilenos und einer Nymphe. Als Herakles [1] von Ph. mit Wein bewirtet wird, stürzen sich die anderen Kentauren auf sie; Herakles vertreibt sie mit giftigen Pfeilen, an denen sich auch Ph. verletzt und stirbt (Stesich. PMGF S 19 = 181 p. 162; Theokr. 7,149; Diod. 4,12,3ff.; Verg. georg. 2,456; Verg. Aen. 8,294). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Meilichos

(24 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μείλιχος). Mythischer König von Spanien, Sohn eines Satyrs und der Nymphe Myrike; mit gehörntem Haupt (Sil. 3,103-105). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
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