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Periphas

(113 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Περίφας; Períphas). [German version] [1] Hero at Troy, killed by Ares Mythical hero at Troy, from Aetolia, killed by Ares (Hom. Il. 5,842. 847). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Hero at Troy, comrade of Neoptolemus Mythical hero at Troy, comrade of Neoptolemus [1] (Verg. Aen. 2,476). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] Trojan Trojan, herald of Anchises, in whose shape Apollo roused Aeneas [1] to battle (Hom. Il. 17,323). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [4] Archaic Attic king before even Cecrops Mythical archaic king of Attica, before even Cecrops; venerate…

Thaletas

(134 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Θαλήτας/ Thalḗtas; in some authors wrongly Thales, e.g. Paus. 1,14,4; Plut. Lycurgus 4), choral lyricist of the 7th cent. BC, from Gortyn (in Crete). Besides Xenodamus of Cythera, Xenocritus [1] of Locri and others, he was involved in various musical innovations in Sparta in the generation after Terpander (Plut. De musica 9,1134b-c). Like these, he composed paeans (Plut. loc.cit.) and hyporchḗmata (Schol. Pind. Pyth. 2,127). According to later authors of musical theory, he introduced paeonic and cretic rhythms to Sparta…

Phaeaces

(445 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φαίακες/ Phaíakes, Latin Phaeaces, the Phaeacians). Mythical seafaring people, ruled by King Alcinous [1] (together with 12 other 'kings') and his wife Arete [1]. The P. live on the island of Scheria, to which they were led by Nausithous [1] from Hyperea (Hom. Od. 6,5; 7,58). There are comprehensive accounts of the P. in Hom. Od. books 6-8 and 13. The P. receive Odysseus as their guest after the king's daughter Nausicaa discovers him shipwrecked on the beach. They entertain him lavi…

Nymphs

(305 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (νύμφαι/ nýmphai, lat. nymphae). Female nature daimones in human form. Νύμφη ( nýmphē) means ‘young woman’ or ‘bride’ (cf. lat. nubere: ‘to marry’), hence a ‘young woman of marriageable age’. In Homer the term is frequently used for human women (Hom. Il. 3,130; 9,536; Hom. Od. 5 passim), but the concept of nymphs as nature deities already exists as well (Hom. Il. 6,420; 20,8; 24,616 etc.). Nymphs are active wherever there is life in nature. Despite their divinity they are not immortal. They usually appear as groups, often a chain of dancers or t…

Pandocus

(74 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Πάνδοκος; Pándokos). [German version] [1] Trojan Trojan, wounded by the Telamonian Aias [1] (Hom. Il. 11,490). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Father of Palaestra Father of Palaestra who was loved by Hermes. P. lived at a crossroads and killed the wanderers staying with him, for which he was killed by Hermes at Palaestra's request. The guesthouses are called after him pandokeîa ('accepting everyone'; Serv. Aen. 8,138; EM 647,56). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Salmoneus

(238 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Σαλμωνεύς/ Salmōneús). Son of Aeolus [1], brother of Athamas, Sisyphus and Cretheus. S. had delusions of grandeur and endeavoured to have himself worshipped as Zeus, driving around on a chariot drawn by horses, producing artificial lightning flashes and making bronzen cauldrons resound to give the impression of thunder. Zeus flung him into Tartarus. S.' daughter Tyro distanced herself from her father, was spared and married Cretheus (Hes. fr. 10a, 25-27 M.-W.; fr. 30,1-30 M.-W.; A…

Ocnus

(155 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Ὄκνος/ Óknos, Latin Ocnus). 'One who hesitates', 'one who wavers': character punished in the Underworld; he is forced to twist a rope forever, which is then devoured by a donkey standing behind him (cf. Danaids, Sisyphus, Tantalus; Prop. 4,3,21f.). According to Paus. 10,29,1f., O. was a symbol of a hard-working man whose wasteful wife kept using up what he had earned. Other versions: O. sits helpless before a donkey that has stumbled, as its load of wood falls to the ground (Apul. M…

Mermerus

(102 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μέρμερος; Mérmeros). [German version] [1] Trojan Trojan, killed by Antilochus (Hom. Il. 14,513). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Father of the mythical King Ilus of Ephyre Father of a mythical king, Ilius of Ephyre in Thesprotia, visited by Odysseus (Hom. Od. 1,259f.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] A son of Jason [1] and Medea One of the two sons of Jason [1] and Medea. He and his brother Pheres are killed by their mother in revenge on Jason (Eur. Med.). According to Paus. 2,3,7, he is killed by a lioness during a hunt on Corfu. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Erythraean paean

(87 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] A  paean to  Asclepius in dactyls preserved in an inscription from Erythrae [2] ( c. 380-360 BC), sung by the community during the sacrifice in the Asclepius cult as an appeal for good health; the inscription contains three other paeans with cult directions. Probably composed as early as the 5th cent. BC, the paean remained popular (numerous inscriptions) in many places until the Imperial period.  Metre Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography F. Graf, Nordion. Kulte, 1985, 250-257 L. Käppel, Paian, 1992, 189-200; 370-374 (with text, translation, bibliography).

Mnemon

(81 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μνήμων; Mnḗmōn). [German version] [1] Slave of Achilles Slave of Achilles [1] whose sole responsibility it was to warn his master not to kill any of Apollo's offspring as he was predestined to die soon thereafter. He forgets to issue the warning when Achilles is fighting Cycnus [2] and Tennes and is consequently put to death (Lycoph. 240-242 with schol. ad loc.; Plut. Quaest. Graec. 28). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] see Artaxerxes [2] II see Artaxerxes [2] II

Nysus

(44 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Νύσος/ Nýsos). Male counterpart of Nysa [1]. He is the tutor of Dionysus. He exercises power in Thebes during the latter's campaign to India, but it is seized back again on his return (Hyg. Fab. 131, 167, 179). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Pholus

(70 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φόλος, Latin Pholus). One of the Centaurs, son of Silenus (Silens) and a Nymph. When Heracles [1] is being entertained with wine by P., the other Centaurs attack them; Heracles repels them with poisoned arrows, by which P. is also wounded and he dies (Stesich. PMGF S 19 = 181 p. 162; Theoc. 7,149; Diod. Sic. 4,12,3ff.; Verg. G. 2,456; Verg. Aen. 8,294). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Ploutos

(339 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Πλοῦτος/ Ploûtos). Personification of wealth, esp. the wealth of the harvest (cf. also Abundantia, Consus, Copia, Ops [3]). Son of Demeter and Iasion (Hes. Theog. 969-974), conceived in Crete (Hom. Od. 5,125-128). P. assures those who meet him of prosperity. The reference to him in H. Hom. ad Cererem 483-489 is evidence of his prominent role in the Mysteria of Eleusis [1]: after handing over the mysteries to humans, Demeter and her daughter Kore retire to Olympus, sending P. to those they love, to whom he brings blessings and affluence ( ibid. 488f.), apparently in rew…

Peirithous

(396 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Πειρίθοος, -θους/ Peiríthoos, - thous; Περίθοος, -θους/ Períthoos, - thous; Latin Pirithous, Perithous etc.). Thessalian, later also Attic hero, king of the Lapithae, son of Zeus (Hom. Il. 2,741; 14,317f.; cf. Hom. Od. 11,631; Hellanicus FGrH 4 F 134; Pl. Resp. 391c-d) or Ixion (Ephorus FGrH 70 F 23; Diod. Sic. 4,63,1; 4,69,3; Ov. Met. 8,403f., 567, 613; 12,210, 338; Apollod. 1,68) and Dia [3], brother of Clymene [6], husband of Hippodamia [2], father of Polypoetes [1] (Hom. Il. 2,740-742; 1…

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…

Naoclus

(24 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Νάοκλος; Náoklos). Son of Codrus, led Athenian emigrants to Teos (Paus. 7,3,6). Str. 14,1,3 calls him Nauclus. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Podarces

(126 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Ποδάρκης; Podárkēs). [German version] [1] Leader of the Thessalians at Troy Son of Iphicles, after the death of his brother Protesilaus leader of the Thessalians from Phylace and other cities in the Trojan War (Hom. Il. 2,704; 13,693). He kills the Amazon Clonie and is killed by Penthesilea (Quint. Smyrn. 1,233-248; 818-829 after the Little Iliad). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Son of the Trojan king Laomedon Son of the Trojan king Laomedon [1], original name of Priamus. In the first Trojan War he is the only one of Laomedon's sons spared by Heracles [1], and is 'bought' ( apò toû …

First man

(404 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] Graeco-Roman antiquity had no conception of a 'first man' in the sense of the Judaeo-Christian myth of Adam and Eve. The first point of comparison appears with the myth of the Ages of Man in Hes. Op. 109-200. According to this, there were various races of men during the Golden, Silver, Bronze, Heroic and (present) Iron Ages (Period, Era), each of which (except the last) was superseded by the next. While the first two demonstrated characteristics that were rather superhuman and uto…

Phemonoe

(59 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φημονόη/ Phēmonóē). Daughter of Apollo; she was his first seer (Pythia) in Delphi and invented the hexameter verse; the maxim 'know yourself'(γνῶθι σεαυτόν/ gnôthi seautón) is supposed to have come from her (Paus. 10,5,4; 10,6,3; 10,12,5; Str. 9,3,5). Her name is also widely used to mean a prophetess (Luc. 5,126. 185; Stat. Silv. 2,2,39). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Plexippus

(57 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Πλήξιππος/ Plḗxippos). Son of Thestius, brother of Althaea; participant in the Calydonian Hunt; P. is killed by his nephew  Meleager [1], because he intended to steal from  Atalante the pelt of the Calydonian boar, which Meleager had given her (Apollod. 1,62; Ov. Met. 8,305; 434; 440; Hyg. Fab. 173; 174; 244). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Phorcides

(40 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φορκίδες/ Phorkídes, also Φορκυνίδες/ Phorkynídes or Φορκυνάδες/ Phorkynádes). Daughters of Phorcys [1], viz. the Gorgons (Gorgo [1]) and the Graeae; the latter were brought to the stage by Aeschylus in his Phorcides (TrGF 3 F 261f.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Trophonius

(575 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Τροφώνιος/ Trophṓnios, or Τρεφώνιος/ Trephṓnios). Hero of the Boeotian Lebadia, stepson or brother of Agamedes (Paus. 9,37,5; schol. Aristoph. Nub. 508). The following are mentioned as parents: Apollo and Epicaste (Paus. loc. cit.; schol. Aristoph. loc .cit.), Zeus and Iocaste (schol. Aristoph. loc. cit.), Valens/Ischys and Coronis [1] (Cic. Nat. D. 3,56), Erigonus (Hom. h. 3,296 f.; Paus. 9,37,4 f., etc.). Children: Alcander [1] and Hercyra. In the myth, T. and Agamedes are the famous builders of Delphi's first temple of Apollo  (Hom. h. 3,2…

Polyphemus

(485 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Πολύφημος/ Polýphēmos, Latin Polyphemus). [German version] [1] Lapith, Argonaut who fought agains the centaurs A Lapith (Lapithae) from Larisa in Thessaly, son of Elatus [2] and Hippea (the daughter of Anthippus), brother of Caeneus. P. fought against the centaurs (Hom. Il. 1,264) and was one of the Argonauts (Apoll. Rhod. 1,40-44). Having stayed behind in Mysia with Heracles [1] in search of Hylas, he founded Cius und fell in battle against the Chalybes (Apoll. Rhod. l.c. und 1,1240 ff.; Apollod. 1,113 und 117). In Euphorion he is the son of Poseidon and lover of Hyl…

Rhea Silvia

(341 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (also Rea Silvia). Poetically also Ilía (for identity of both: Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 1,76,3 i.a.). Mother of Romulus [1] and Remus. She is mentioned for the first time in Naevius (cf. Serv. Aen. 1,273; 6,777) and in Ennius (Ann. 29,34-50), apparently as the daughter of Aeneas [1]. Later sources, however, identify her as the daughter of Numitor and thereby move the founding of Rome several generations away from Aeneas and the ruin of Troy. The main version of the myth is essentially to be found in…

Ocrisia

(133 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Ὀκρησία/ Okrēsía; Ocresia). Aristocratic young woman from the town of Corniculum, which had been conquered by the Romans; mother of the Roman king Servius Tullius, whom she conceived from a phallus that had miraculously appeared from the fireside of Tarquinius (Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 4,2; Plut. De fortuna Romanorum 10,323a-d; Ov. Fast. 6,627-636; Plin. HN 36,204; Arnob. 5,18). In Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 4,1 and Liv. 1,39,5 this myth is rationalized: O. conceived her son before the town …

Phocus

(169 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Φῶκος; Phôkos). [German version] [1] Mythical hero of Aegina Mythical hero of Aegina, son of Aeacus and the Nereid Psamathe; the latter had attempted in vain to stop Aeacus from raping her by turning herself into a seal ( phṓkē): hence the name P. for the child of this union (Hes. Theog. 1004f., Apollod. 3,158 and 160; Pind. Nem. 5,12). In Phocis P. marries the princess Asterodia and gives his name to this region (Apollod. 1,86). P. is ultimately killed by his step-brothers Peleus and Telamon, and he is buried in Aegina (Paus. 2,29,…

Onocentaur

(128 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (masc.) or onocentaura (fem.) (Ὀνοκένταυρος/ Onokéntauros, Ὀνοκένταυρα/ Onokéntaura). Mythological monster. The word is first found in the LXX, in which the name O. is used for the Hebrew word for 'jackal' (Is 13:22; 34:14). The Biblical explanation appears to consider the O. to be a demon (Theodoretus of Cyrus, Commentary on Is 13:22). In Greek and Latin non-Christian literature it is first found in Ael. NH 17,9: there its face is human, as are its body from the chest to the loins and i…

Menoetes

(54 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Μενοίτης; Menoítēs). The mythical herdsman of Hades, who watches his herds on the island Erythea near the entrance of the Underworld. He reports Hercules's theft of one of his cattle to the neighbouring herdsman Geryoneus, but is killed by Hercules in a wrestling match (Apollod. 2,108; 125). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Orthopolis

(55 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Ὀρθόπολις/ Orthópolis). Son of Plemnaeus, the mythical king of Sicyon (Paus. 2,5,8). Demeter, in disguise as a wet nurse, saved his life (cf  Demophon [1], Triptolemus). According to Euseb. Chronicon 394 he was the twelfth king of Sicyon. Augustinus (Civ. 18,8) dates his reign to the birth of Moses. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Myscelus

(82 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Μύσκελ[λ]ος/ Mýskel(l)os). Mythical founder of Croton. Son of Alemon of Rhypes in Achaea. According to Ov. Met. 15, 12-59, his foundation of Croton was connected with Heracles [1] (according to others, with the Delphic Apollo): after his home town indicted Myscelus because of his illegal plan to found a city, Heracles turned the black voting stones white at the ballot, thus enabling the foundation (variants in [1. 254f.]). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 F. Bömer, P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphosen, vols. 14-15, 1986.

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…

Perimele

(56 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Περιμήλη/ Perimḗlē). [German version] [1] Daughter of Admetus Daughter of Admetus, mother of Magnes, the eponym of the region of Magnesia (Antoninus Liberalis 23; schol. Eur. Alc. 269). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Daughter of Amythaon Daughter of Amythaon, mother of Ixion (Diod. Sic. 4,69; schol. Pind. Pyth. 2,39 Drachmann). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Ophion

(131 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Ὀφίων/ Ophíōn). [German version] [1] First ruler of the world also Ophioneus (Pherecydes of Syrus 7 B 4 Diels/ Kranz). First ruler of the world, overthrown by Kronos (Apoll. Rhod. 1,503-506), husband of Eurynome [1], referred to by schol. Lycophr. 1191 as a Titan, considered by Nonn. Dion. 41,352 to be identical with Uranus. The idea of a serpent ( óphis) as ruler of the world may be derived from Orphic (Orphism) or near eastern beliefs [1]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Giant in the shape of a serpent Giant in the shape of a serpent, defeated by Zeus in a battle against …

Pandemos

(92 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Πάνδημος/ Pándēmos). Epiclesis of Aphrodite (B. 2). The cult of Aphrodite P. is said to have been founded by Theseus in Athens (Paus. 1,14,7; 1,23,3). Plato interprets Aphrodite P. as 'common' love as opposed to the 'higher' love of Aphrodite Urania ('the heavenly one') (Pl. Symp. 180d). However, this is historically incorrect, as Paus. 1,22,3 shows. He interprets P. correctly as the Aphrodite 'common to the entire united (Attic) people'. Thus, the Aphrodite called P. symbolised the political unity of Attica (cf. [1]). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 Simon, GG, …

Naubolus

(88 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Ναύβολος; Naúbolos). [German version] [1] King of Tanagra Mythical king of Tanagra, son of Ornytus and Perinice, father of the Argonaut Iphitus (Apoll. Rhod. 1,207f.; cf. Hom. Il. 2,518; partly divergent Hyg. Fab. 14). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Of Argus, father of an Argonaut N. of Argos, grandson of Proetus, great-grandson of Nauplius [2], father of the Argonaut Clytoneus (Apoll. Rhod. 1,135). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] Father of the Phaeacian Euryalus Father of the Phaeacian Euryalus (Hom. Od. 8,116). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Polyctor

(72 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Πολύκτωρ/ Polýktōr). [German version] [1] Inhabitant of Ithaca In Hom. Od. 17,207 an inhabitant of Ithaca who took part in the building of the city well. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Father of Peisander, a suitor of Penelope Father of Peisander [4]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] Myrmidon Myrmidon; in Hom. Il. 24,397 Hermes pretends in a conversation with  Priamus to be the latter's seventh son. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Mynes

(84 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μύνης; Mýnēs). [German version] [1] Ruler of a city in the Troad Mythological ruler of a city in the Troad, during the destruction of which the husband of Briseis was killed by  Achilles (Hom. Il. 19,296). He is probably identical with the son of Euenus, the brother of Epistrophus (Hom. Il. 2,692). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Progenitor of the Attic dynasty Mythological progenitor of the Attic dynasty, father of Pedias, the wife of king Cranaus (Apollod. 3,186). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Mulius

(63 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μούλιος; Moúlios). [German version] [1] Son-in-law of Augeias of Elis, son-in-law of Augeias, to whose daughter Agamede he is married; he is killed by Nestor (Hom. Il. 11,738ff.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Herald of Penelope's suitor Amphinomus Herald of Penelope's suitor Amphinomus of Dulichium; he serves the suitors in the house of Odysseus (Hom. Od. 18,423). 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…

Pontos

(37 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Πόντος; Póntos). Greek personification of the sea (cf. Oceanus, Uranus), born of Ge/Gaia without spouse (Hes. Theog. 132); with her, P. fathered Ceto, Eurybia, Nereus, Phorcys and Thaumas (ibid. 233-239). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Metis

(354 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Μῆτις/ mêtis, literally ‘cleverness’, ‘clever advice’). M. first appears as an attribute of Zeus ( Mētíeta‘ gifted with wisdom’, e.g. Hom. Il. 1,175 etc.) and is personified as a goddess for the first time in Hes. Theog. 358 as one of the daughters of Oceanus. She becomes the first wife of Zeus (ibid. 886ff.). But Gaia and Uranus warn Zeus that M. will bear dangerously clever children and advise him to swallow her. By doing this he prevents the birth of a son, but not the birth of Athena, who u…

Manto

(155 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Μαντώ; Mantṓ). Daughter of Teiresias, from Thebes, like her father gifted as a seer, priestess of Apollo Ismenios (Eur. Phoen. 834ff.). When the Epigoni [2] conquer Thebes, M. is consecrated to Apollo at Delphi (Apollod. 3,85; Paus. 9,33,2; schol. Apoll. Rhod. 1,308). Diod. Sic. 4,66,5f. calls her Daphne [2], and describes her as an excellent poet, from whom even Homer took some verses. Later, M. participates in the founding of the colony of Colophon [1] in Asia Minor (with the or…

Ocyr(r)hoe

(141 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Ὠκυρ(ρ)όη; Ōkyr(r)hóē). [German version] [1] Daughter of Oceanus Daughter of Oceanus (Hes. Theog. 360). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Playmate of Persephone Playmate of  Persephone (Hom. H. 5,420). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] Samian nymph Samian nymph, daughter of the river god Imbrasus and of Chesias; loved by Apollo, who pursues her and turns the ship onto which she escapes into a rock and its helmsman Pompilus into the fish of that name (Hellenistic erotic story, Apoll. Rhod. in Athen. 7,283d-e; (Ps.-)Ov. Halieutica 101). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) …

Navius Attus

(117 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (also Atius Navius). Legendary Roman augur ( augures ) from the period of the monarchy (Cic. Att. 10,8,6), at the time of Tarquinius Priscus (Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 30,70,1). He opposed an attempt to amend the centuriate system (Cic. Rep. 2,36). So as to discredit NA, Tarquinius is said to have tasked him with predicting from the flight of birds whether his plan was feasible. When NA confirmed that it was, Tarquinius ordered him to cut through a stone with a knife, and NA succeeded in doing so (Liv. 1,36,4; Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom 3,71,2ff.; cf. also Cic. Div. 1,32). Käppel, Lutz (Kie…

Phoroneus

(109 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φορωνεύς; Phorōneús). Son of Alpheius [2], ancestor of the Pelasgian race (in contrast to the more recent Hellenic race, whose ancestor is Deucalion) and hence the 'first man' (Akusilaos FGrH 2 F 23a; Hes. fr. 122 M.-W.; Hellanikos FGrH 4 F 1; Hyg. Fab. 143 and 274) [1. 84]. Like Prometheus he was the inventor of fire (Paus. 2,19,5), bringer of culture, and judge in the dispute over Argos between Poseidon and Athena (Paus. 2,15,5). He is the subject of the epic Phorōnís ( c. 600 BC) [2; 3; 4]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 Preller/Robert 2 PEG I, 118-121 3 EpGF, 153-155 4…

Mixoparthenos

(41 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Μ(ε)ιξοπάρθενος; M(e)ixopárthenos). Mythical mixed creature: half girl, half snake, identical to Echidna. Apart from that, M. is also used as an epithet of the Sphinx (Eur. Phoen. 1023; Hdt. 4,9,1) and Scylla (Lykophr. 669). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Polydectes

(110 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(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). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Epithet of Hades Poetic epithet of the god of the underworld (the 'receiver of many', the 'hospitable'; Hades, Pl…

Pronuba

(37 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] Epiclesis of Juno (Verg. Aen. 4,166), referring to her identity as goddess of wedding (cf. Juno Iuga); Juno P. was called upon when reading auspices and at the actual espousal. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Merops

(177 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μέροψ/Mérops). [German version] [1] Mythical king of the Meropians Mythical king of the Meropians on the island of Cos (Q. Smyrn. 8,6,71). From grief and longing for his spouse Echemeia, who had been sent to Hades, he is transformed into an eagle by Hera, and finally catasterized (Hyg. Astr. 2,16). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Father of Eumelus Father of Eumelus [2] (Antoninus Liberalis 15; Agron [1]). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] Mythical king of the Ethiopians Mythical king of the Ethiopians, husband of Clymene [1] (Ov. Met. 1,755f.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) …

Opora

(130 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Ὀπώρα/ Opṓra). Goddess of rich harvests, especially of the wine harvest and its season. She, together with Theoria ('festive delegation'), accompanies Eirene [1] ('peace') in Aristoph. Pax 523, 706ff. The Attic comic writers Alexis (PCG II fr. 169f.) and Amphis (PCG II fr. 47) both wrote a work called O.: Sirius the star comes to earth and falls in love with O. When he is unable to win her, his amorous passion becomes so great that the people turn to the gods for help. The north wind Boreas orders his sons to obtain O. for Sir…

Prosymnus

(168 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Πρόσυμνος/ Prós(h)ymnos; Prosumnus in Arnob. 5,28, wrongly Pól(h)ymnos in Paus. 2,37,5). Deity in the retinue of Dionysus. P. showed the god the entrance to the underworld at Lerna, when Dionysus wished to bring his mother Semele back from Hades (Paus. ibid.). The broader myth places P. in a homoerotic relationship with Dionysus: in Clem. Al. Protreptikos 2,34 (cf. Arnob. 5,28), P. promises to reveal the way if the god acquiesces to carnal pleasures. The latter agrees to do so on his re…

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 (…

Polyxo

(198 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Πολυξώ/ Polyxṓ). [German version] [1] One of the Hyades One of the Hyades. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Mother of Antiope Wife of Nycteus, mother of Antiope [1]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] Wife of Tlepolemus Wife of Tlepolemus. After he fell in the Trojan War, she holds funeral games for him in Rhodes where she had fled with him from Argos. When her friend Helena [1] flees to her, she has her - as the guilty party in the war in which her husband died - hanged on a tree by female servants dressed as Erinyes…

Munichus, Munitus

(137 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μούνυχος/ Moúnychos, Μούνιχος/ Moúnichos, also Μόνιχος/ Mónichos, Μούνιτος/ Moúnitos). [German version] [1] Hero of Attica Hero of Attica, son of Pantades, eponym of the harbour of Munichia in Piraeus (Eur. Hipp. 761-763). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Son of Acamas and Priam's daughter Laodice [I1] M. (Munitus): son of Acamas and Priam's daughter Laodice [I 1], brought up by his grandmother Aethra; died of a snake bite after the fall of Troy (Euphorion fr. 58 Powell), perhaps identical with M. [1]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] King of the Molossians Later sour…

Oeneus

(116 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Οἰνεύς/ Oineús). Mythological king of Calydon [3], son of Porthaon (Hom. Il. 14,115ff.) and Euryte (Apollod. 1,63; the whole family tree in Apollod. 1,64); children: Toxeus, Meleager [1], Deianira, Gorge (through the latter, O. was father of Tydeus). He was ousted by his brother Agrius [1]. Originally, O. may have been a wine god common to all Greeks, later replaced by Dionysus. He was often depicted in vase pictures as a wine god [1]. Numerous tragedians wrote (lost) tragedies entitled O. [2]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 E. Stasinopoulou-Kakarouga, s.v. O. …

Ariphron

(112 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] From Sicyon, choral lyricist (performance in Athens: 406/398 BC: IG II2 3092). Writer of a  paean to  Hygiea, famous up to the imperial period in many places. The poem, written in dactylo-epitrites pleaded for assistance from ‘Health’, personified as a deity (not yet genealogically connected with Apollo/Asclepius). It certainly belongs in the context of the Asclepius cult of Epidaurus and Athens [3]. Erroneously associated with  Licymnius [1; 2] by some researchers.  Choral lyrics Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 K. Keyßner, PhW 53, 1933, 1289-1296 2 U. v. Wi…

Dionysodotus

(35 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] From Sparta, presumably 6th cent. BC. Author of  paeans, which were performed at the Gymnopaedia together with the songs of  Thaletas and  Alcman (Sosibius FGrHist 595 F 5). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Phronime

(106 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Φρονίμη; Phronímē). Daughter of Etearchus, the mythical king of Oaxus in Crete, and his first wife; mother of Battus [1], the mythical founder of Cyrene. Hdt. 4,154f. tells her story evidently according to a Cyrenian source: on the basis of a slander by his second wife, Etearchus hands his daughter over to the merchant Themison to be drowned. He does throw her into water in accordance with his promise, but pulls her out again. In Thera Polymnestus takes her as a concubine and fathers Battus with her. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography W. Aly, Volksmärchen, Sage und Novel…

Priolas

(48 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Πριόλας; Priólas). Local hero of Priola near Heraclea [7], brother of Bormus and Mariandynus (Poll. 4,55). Killed in battle; Heracles [1] takes part in his funeral games; every year ritual threnodies are held in his honour (Apoll. Rhod. 2,780-785 with schol.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Paean

(1,081 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[German version] (Doric, later generally widespread Παιάν/ Paián; epic Παιήων/ Paiḗōn; Ionic-Attic Παιών/ Paiṓn; Aeolian Πάων/ Páōn; Lat. paean). Term for a Greek song genre as well as a god, later an epithet for various gods. The etymology of the word is obscure [1; 2; 3]. Modern treatises on the song genre paean usually make the identity of the name for the song and the god the starting-point of their considerations. Either the god was a personification of the call [4; 5] drawn from the impersonal cry ἰὴ παιάν ( iḕ paián) or there was originally a god Paean to whom the cry ἰὴ Παιάν ( iḕ Paián) was …

Nanas, Nanus

(113 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Νάνας/ Nánas, Νάνος/ Nános). [German version] [1] Mythical leader of the Pelasgians Mythical leader of the Pelasgians at the time of their emigration to Italia (Hellanicus FGrH 323a F 4; Hdt. 1,57). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [2] Epithet of Odysseus There was a prophecy that Odysseus as N. would conclude a brotherhood in arms with Aeneas [1] in Italia (Lykophr. 1242ff.; cf. Dion. Hal. Ant. 1,72,2; 12,16). On Odysseus's Italian journey cf. Hom. Od. 11,119ff.; Hes. Theog. 1105 with comm. West. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [German version] [3] King of the Segobrigii Mythical king of the…

Polydektes

(101 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Πολυδέκτης). [English version] [1] myth. Kolonist und König von Seriphos Sohn des Magnes [2], myth. Kolonisator und König von Seriphos, Bruder des Diktys [1]. Er will die in einem Kasten mit ihrem Sohn Perseus gestrandete Danae zur Hochzeit zwingen, doch Perseus versteinert ihn mit dem Haupt der Medusa (Gorgo [1]), das er von den Hyperboreioi geholt hat, und macht Diktys zum König (Pind. P. 12; Apollod. 2,24-46). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Beiname des Hades Dichterischer Beiname des Unterweltsgottes (der “viele Aufnehmende”, “der Gastfreundliche”; Hades,…

Myskelos

(76 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μύσκελ[λ]ος). Myth. Gründer von Kroton. Sohn des Alemon aus Rhypes in Achaia. Seine Gründung Krotons geht nach Ov. met. 15,12-59 auf Herakles [1] (nach anderen: auf den delphischen Apollon) zurück: Herakles habe, nachdem M. von seiner Vaterstadt des illegalen Stadtgründungsplanes angeklagt gewesen sei, bei der Abstimmung die schwarzen Stimmsteine in weiße verwandelt und so die Gründung ermöglicht (Varianten bei [1. 254f.]). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 F. Bömer, P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphosen, B. 14-15, 1986.

Paian

(989 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (dor., später allg. verbreitet Παιάν; episch Παιήων; ion.-att. Παιών; aiol. Πάων; lat. paean). Bezeichnung einer griech. Liedgattung, aber auch eines Gottes, später Beiname verschiedener Götter. Die Etym. des Wortes ist dunkel [1; 2; 3]. Moderne Abh. über die Liedgattung P. pflegen die Identität der Bezeichnung von Lied und Gott zum Ausgangspunkt ihrer Überlegungen zu nehmen. Entweder sei der Gott eine aus dem unpersönlichen Ausruf ἰὴ παιάν ( iḗ paián) gezogene Personifizierung des Rufes [4; 5], oder aber es habe urspr. einen Gott P. gegeben, an …

Phylakos

(172 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Φύλακος). [English version] [1] myth. Gründer und Eponym von Phylakia Myth. Gründer und Eponym von Phylakia (Attika), auch von Phylake [1]. Sohn des Deïon(eus) [1] und der Diomede, der Tochter des Xuthos (Apollod. 1,51; 86), Vater des Iphiklos (Hom. Il. 2,705; 13,698) und der Alkimede (Apoll. Rhod. 1,47). Ph. verursacht durch die Drohung mit einem vom Verschneiden von Böcken blutigen Messer die Unfruchtbarkeit seines Sohnes. Als Melampus [1] im Kampf seines Bruders Bias [1] um die Rinder des Iphiklos (al…

Erythräischer Paian

(79 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] In einer Inschr. von Erythrai [2] (ca. 380-360 v.Chr.) erh. Paian an Asklepios in Daktylen, der von der Gemeinde beim Opfer im Asklepioskult gesungen wurde und um Gesundheit bat; die Inschr. enthält drei weitere Paiane mit Kultanweisungen. Gedichtet wohl schon im 5. Jh. v.Chr., blieb der Paian bis in die Kaiserzeit vielerorts beliebt (zahlreiche Inschr.). Chorlyrik Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography F. Graf, Nordion. Kulte, 1985, 250-257 L. Käppel, Paian, 1992, 189-200; 370-374 (mit Text, Übers., Lit.).

Melikertes

(98 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μελικέρτης). Myth. Sohn des Athamas und der Ino. Als Ino von Athamas bedroht wird, springt sie mit M. von einem Felsen ins Meer (Eur. Med. 1284ff.; Ov. met. 4,481ff.; schol. Lykophr. 229). Sie wird zu Leukothea, M. zu Palaimon. Sisyphos, der König von Korinth, findet seine Leiche am Isthmos von Korinth und begräbt ihn. Fortan gelten Leukothea und Palaimon als Retter in Seenot. M./Palaimon genoß in Korinth Kult; die isthmischen Spiele (Isthmia) sollen ihm zu Ehren eingerichtet sein (Paus. 2,1,3). Ob M. die griech. Form von Melqart ist, ist höchst zweifelhaft. Käppel, L…

Orsilochos

(88 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Ὀρσίλοχος). [English version] [1] König von Pherai Myth. König von Pherai, Sohn des Flußgottes Alpheios und der Telegone, Vater des Diokles [2]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Troiakämpfer Sohn des Diokles [2], Troia-Kämpfer, von Aineias [1] getötet (Hom. Il. 5,541ff.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [3] Troianer, von Teukros getötet Troer, von Teukros getötet (Hom. Il. 8,274). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [4] Troianer im Gefolge des Aineias Troer im Gefolge des Aineias [1], von Camilla getötet (Verg. Aen. 11,636, 690, 694). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Mermeros

(99 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μέρμερος). [English version] [1] Troianer Troianer, wird von Antilochos getötet (Hom. Il. 14,513). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Vater des myth. Königs Ilios von Ephyre Vater des myth. Königs Ilios von Ephyre in Thesprotien; wird von Odysseus besucht (Hom. Od. 1,259f.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [3] ein Sohn von Iason [1] und Medeia Einer der beiden Söhne von Iason [1] und Medeia; wird von der Mutter zusammen mit dem Bruder Pheres aus Rache an Iason getötet (Eur. Med.); nach Paus. 2,3,7 wird er auf der Jagd in Kerkyra von einer Löwin getötet. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Phemios

(42 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Φήμιος). Mythischer Sänger (neben Demodokos [1]) auf Ithaka, Sohn des Terpios. Er singt vor den Freiern der Penelope u.a. von der Heimkehr der Griechen aus Troia (Nostoi, Epischer Zyklus); Odysseus verschont ihn (Hom. Od. 22,330-380). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Pandemos

(91 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Πάνδημος). Epiklese der Aphrodite (B. 2). Der Kult der Aphrodite P. soll von Theseus in Athen gegründet worden sein (Paus. 1,14,7; 1,23,3). Platon deutet Aphrodite P. im Gegensatz zu Aphrodite Urania (“die Himmlische”) als Bezeichnung für die ‘gemeine’ im Gegensatz zur ‘höheren’ Liebe (Plat. symp. 180d). Doch daß dies histor. falsch ist, zeigt Paus. 1,22,3, der P. richtig als ‘die dem ganzen geeinigten (attischen) Volk gemeinsame’ Aphrodite auffaßt. Aphrodite symbolisierte also unter dem Namen P. das polit. geeinigte Attika (vgl. [1]). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibli…

Rhea Silvia

(314 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (auch Rea Silvia). Dichterisch auch Ilía (zur Identität beider: Dion. Hal. ant. 1,76,3 u. a.), Mutter von Romulus [1] und Remus. Erstmals ist sie erwähnt bei Naevius (vgl. Serv. Aen. 1,273; 6,777) und bei Ennius (ann. 29,34-50), offenbar als Tochter des Aineias [1]. Spätere Quellen weisen sie jedoch als Tochter des Numitor aus und rücken die Gründung Roms damit mehrere Generationen von Aineias und dem Untergang Troias weg. Die Vulgata des Mythos ist im wesentlichen bei Dion. Hal. ant.…

Phorkides

(36 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Φορκίδες, auch Φορκυνίδες, Φορκυνάδες). Töchter des Phorkys [1], namentlich die Gorgonen (Gorgo [1]) und die Graien; letztere brachte Aischylos in seinen Phorkídes (TrGF 3 F 261f.) auf die Bühne. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Phoroneus

(95 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Φορωνεύς). Sohn des Alpheios [2], Urahn des pelasgischen Menschengeschlechts (im Gegensatz zum jüngeren “hellenischen”, dessen Urahn Deukalion ist) und damit quasi “erster Mensch” (Akusilaos FGrH 2 F 23a; Hes. fr. 122 M.-W.; Hellanikos FGrH 4 F 1; Hyg. fab. 143 und 274) [1. 84]. Neben Prometheus Erfinder des Feuers (Paus. 2,19,5), Kulturbringer und Schiedsrichter im Streit Poseidons und Athenas um Argos (Paus. 2,15,5). Von ihm berichtet das Epos Phorōnís (um 600 v.Chr.) [2; 3; 4]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 Preller/Robert 2 PEG I, 118-121 3 EpGF, 153-…

Oibalos

(107 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Οἴβαλος, lat. Oebalus). [English version] [1] König von Sparta Myth. König von Sparta, Sohn des Kynortas oder dessen Sohnes Perieres, Gatte der Perseustochter Gorgophone; sie oder die Naiade Bateia wird durch ihn die Mutter des Tyndareos, des Hippokoon und des Ikarios [1] (verschiedene Versionen bei Apollod. 3,116f.; Paus. 3,1,3ff.; schol. Eur. Or. 457 u.a.) [1]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] ital. Heros Ital. Heros, Sohn des Telon, des Königs der Teleboai, und der Nymphe Sebethis; myth. Herrscher über Capreae; Verbündeter des Turnus gegen Aine…

Phemonoe

(50 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Φημονόη). Tochter des Apollon und dessen erste Seherin (Pythia) in Delphi, Erfinderin des Hexameters; der Spruch ‘Erkenne dich selbst’ (γνῶθι σεαυτόν) soll von ihr stammen (Paus. 10,5,4; 10,6,3; 10,12,5; Strab. 9,3,5). Ihr Name steht auch allg. für Prophetin (Lucan. 5,126. 185; Stat. silv. 2,2,39). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Nannakos

(70 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Νάννακος, nach Steph. Byz. Annakos/ Ἀννακός). Myth. König von Phrygien, der angeblich über 300 Jahre alt wurde. Er sieht die deukalionische Flut voraus (Deukalion) und betet mit seinem Volk um Verschonung. An seine Person knüpfen sich zahlreiche Sprichwörter, die sich teils auf sein hohes Alter, teils auf sein tränenreiches Flehen beziehen (Zenob. 6,10; Macarius Chrysocephalus 2,23; 8,4; Apostolius 15,100; vgl. schon Herondas 3,10). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Ocrisia

(121 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] ( Ocresia, Ὀκρησία). Vornehmes Mädchen aus der von den Römern eroberten Stadt Corniculum, Mutter des röm. Königs Servius Tullius, den sie durch einen wunderbarerweise aus dem Herd des Tarquinius erschienenen Phallos empfängt (Dion. Hal. ant. 4,2; Plut. de fortuna Romanorum 10,323a-d; Ov. fast. 6,627-636; Plin. nat. 36,204; Arnob. 5,18). Bei Dion. Hal. ant. 4,1 und Liv. 1,39,5 wird dieser Mythos rationalisiert: O. habe ihren Sohn noch vor der Einnahme der Stadt Corniculum von ihrem…

Onokentauros

(113 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (m.) oder -a (fem.) (Ὀνοκένταυρος, Ὀνοκένταυρα). Mischgestalt aus der Welt der Fabeltiere. Das Wort begegnet zuerst in der LXX, wo mit O. das hebr. Wort für “Schakal” wiedergegeben wird (Jes 1,13,22; 1,34,14). Die Bibelerklärung rechnet den O. wohl zu den Dämonen (Theodoretos von Kyrrhos, Komm. zu Jes 1,13,22). In der griech. und lat. nichtchristl. Lit. taucht er erstmals bei Ail. nat. 17,9 auf: Dort ist er ein Mensch im Gesicht, an der Brust bis zu den Lenden und an Armen und Hä…

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)

Dionysodotos

(34 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] Aus Sparta, vermutlich 6. Jh.v.Chr. Dichter von Paianen, die bei den Gymnopaidien neben den Liedern des Thaletas und des Alkman aufgeführt wurden (Sosibios FGrHist 595 F 5). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Orbona

(62 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] Röm. Göttin, von orbus (“kinderlos”) abgeleitet und als böse Macht erklärt, die Eltern die Kinder raube. Zu ihrer Besänftigung war ihr ein Heiligtum nahe beim Tempel der Laren geweiht (Cic. nat. deor. 3,63; Plin. nat. 2,16; Tert. nat. 2,15,2). Laut Arnob. 4,7 die Göttin der Eltern, die ihre Kinder verloren haben. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography Latte, 53  Radke, 240f.

Maneros

(93 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μανερῶς Hdt. 2,79; Μανέρως Plut. Is. 17,367 etc.). Nach Hdt. l.c. ist M. der einzige Sohn des ersten Königs von Ägypten, der nach seinem frühen Tod mit einem Klagelied “M.”, das dem griech. Linos-Lied entsprochen habe, geehrt werde. M. bedeutet entweder ägypt. mniw-r­ “Gänsehirt” (Cerny) oder r jmntt r jmntt “nach Westen, nach Westen” (Lloyd), ein Ruf, der bei Bestattungen erschallte. Welcher ägypt. Name oder welche ägypt. Wortfolge zu der griech. Form M. verballhornt wurde, ist unklar [1. 338]. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 A.B. Lloyd, Herodotus, Book 2…

Medusa

(29 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μέδουσα). Myth. Ungeheuer, eine der drei Gorgonen (s. Gorgo [1]): Ihre beiden Schwestern Sthenno und Euryale sind unsterblich, sie selbst ist sterblich. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Peitho

(226 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Πειθώ). Griech. Personifikation der “Überredung”, bes. der erotischen Überredung, daher häufig Beiname der Aphrodite. Tochter des Okeanos, Gattin des Phoroneus oder des Argos [I 1] (Hes. theog. 349; schol. Eur. Phoen. 1116; schol. Eur. Or. 1239). Bei Homer unbekannt, erscheint P. bei Hesiod (Hes. erg. 73; Hes. theog. 573) bei der Erschaffung der Pandora zusammen mit den Charites. Sappho fr. 200 V. macht sie zu einer der Chariten, Aischylos zur Tochter Aphrodites (zusammen mit Po…

Nasamon

(36 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Νασάμων). Sohn des Amphithemis (Garamas nach Apoll. Rhod. 4,1492) und der Nymphe Tritonis, Urenkel des Minos. N. ist Stammvater und Eponym der Nasamones in Libyen (schol. Apoll. Rhod. 4,1322). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Ariphron

(113 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] Aus Sikyon, Chorlyriker (Aufführung in Athen: 406/398 v. Chr.: IG II2 3092). Verf. eines bis in die Kaiserzeit vielerorts berühmten Paians an Hygieia. Das in Daktyloepitriten komponierte Gedicht bittet die zur Gottheit personifizierte (noch nicht mit Apollon/Asklepios genealogisch verbundene) “Gesundheit” um Zuwendung. Es gehört wohl in den Kontext des Asklepioskultes von Epidauros und Athen [3]. Von der Forschung fälschlich mit Likymnios verbunden [1; 2]. Chorlyrik Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography 1 K. Keyßner, PhW 53, 1933, 1289-1296 2 U. v. Wilamowitz…

Merope

(161 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μερόπη). [English version] [1] eine der sieben Pleiaden Eine der sieben Pleiaden, Tochter des Atlas, Gattin des Sisyphos, Mutter des Glaukos [2] (Apollod. 1,85; 3,110; Hyg. fab. 192; Ov. fast. 4,175). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Tochter des Oinopion und der Helike Tochter des Oinopion und der Helike, von Orion vergewaltigt (Apollod. 1,25; Hyg. astr. 2,34). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [3] Tochter des Kypselos Tochter des Kypselos [1], Gattin des Kresphontes [1], Mutter des Kresphontes [2]. Bei dem Versuch des Sohnes, die Ermordung seine…

Navius Attus

(96 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (auch Atius Navius). Legendärer röm. Augur ( augures ) der Königszeit (Cic. Att. 10,8,6), zur Zeit des Tarquinius Priscus (Dion. Hal. ant. 30,70,1), widersetzt sich einer Änderung der Centurienverfassung (Cic. rep. 2,36). Tarquinius soll N.A., um ihn zu diskreditieren, aufgetragen haben, aus dem Vogelflug zu weissagen, ob seine Absicht durchführbar sei. Als er dies bejaht, befiehlt er ihm, mit einem Messer einen Stein durchzuschneiden, was ihm auch gelingt (Liv. 1,36,4; Dion. Hal. ant. 3,71,2ff.; vgl. auch Cic. div. 1,32). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) Bibliography A. Ba…

Salmoneus

(230 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Σαλμωνεύς). Sohn des Aiolos [1], Bruder des Athamas, Sisyphos und Kretheus. Größenwahnsinnig trachtet S. danach, als Zeus verehrt zu werden. Daher fährt er auf einem Gespann umher, erzeugt künstliche Blitze und bringt eherne Kessel zum Dröhnen, um den Eindruck des Donners zu vermitteln. Zeus stürzt ihn in den Tartaros. S.' Tochter Tyro distanziert sich von ihrem Vater, wird verschont und heiratet Kretheus (Hes. fr. 10a, 25-27 M.-W.; fr. 30,1-30 M.-W.; Apollod. 1,89). Während die…

Manto

(143 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μαντώ). Tochter des Teiresias, aus Theben, wie ihr Vater mit seherischer Begabung versehen, Priesterin des Apollon Ismenios (Eur. Phoen. 834ff.). Als die Epigonoi [2] Theben erobern, wird M. dem Apollon in Delphi geweiht (Apollod. 3,85; Paus. 9,33,2; schol. Apoll. Rhod. 1,308). Diod. 4,66,5f. nennt sie Daphne [2] und bezeichnet sie als vorzügliche Dichterin, von der sogar Homer einige Verse übernommen habe. Später nimmt M. an der Gründung der Kolonie Kolophon [1] in Kleinasien (…

Peisidike

(93 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Πεισιδίκη). [English version] [1] Name verschiedener myth. Gestalten Name verschiedener myth. Gestalten: Tochter des Aiolos [1], Gattin des Myrmidon (Apollod. 1,51f.), Tochter des Nestor [1] (ebd. 1,94), Tochter des Pelias (ebd. 1,95; Hyg. fab. 24). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Tochter des Königs Lepethymnos aus Methymna Tochter des Königs Lepethymnos aus Methymna; verrät aus Liebe ihre Vaterstadt an den sie belagernden Achilleus [1], wird aber auf dessen Befehl dafür gesteinigt (Parthenios 21). Dieselbe Gesch. gibt es auch von…

Pandokos

(70 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Πάνδοκος). [English version] [1] Troianer Troer, vom Telamonier Aias [1] verwundet (Hom. Il. 11,490). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Vater der Palaistra Vater der Palaistra, einer Geliebten des Hermes. P. bringt, an einem Dreiweg wohnend, die bei ihm einkehrenden Wanderer um, und wird dafür von Hermes auf Bitten Palaistras getötet. Nach ihm heißen die Gasthäuser pandokeía (“alle aufnehmend”; Serv. Aen. 8,138; Etym. m. 647,56). 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)

Peirithoos

(375 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Πειρίθοος, -θους; Περίθοος, -θους; lat. Pirithous, Perithous etc.). Thessalischer, später auch attischer Heros, König der Lapithai, Sohn des Zeus (Hom. Il. 2,741; 14,317f.; vgl. Hom. Od. 11,631; Hellanikos FGrH 4 F 134; Plat. rep. 391c-d) oder des Ixion (Ephoros FGrH 70 F 23; Diod. 4,63,1; 4,69,3; Ov. met. 8,403f., 567, 613; 12,210, 338; Apollod. 1,68) und der Dia [3], Bruder der Klymene [6], Gatte der Hippodameia [2], Vater des Polypoites [1] (Hom. Il. 2,740-742; 12,129, 182; Diod. 4…

Prosymnos

(161 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Πρόσυμνος; Prosumnus bei Arnob. 5,28, fälschlich Pólymnos bei Paus. 2,37,5). Gottheit im Gefolge des Dionysos. Bei Lerna zeigt P. dem Gott den Weg in die Unterwelt, als dieser seine Mutter Semele aus dem Hades zurückführen will (Paus. ebd.). Der weitere Mythos bringt P. in homoerotische Beziehung zu Dionysos: Bei Clem. Alex. Protreptikos 2,34 (vgl. Arnob. 5,28) verspricht P., den Weg zu zeigen, wenn sich der Gott ihm zum Liebesgenuß hingebe. Dieser verspricht es, sobald er zurückgekeh…

Mulios

(61 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
(Μούλιος). [English version] [1] Schwiegersohn des Augeias aus Elis, Schwiegersohn des Augeias, mit dessen Tochter Agamede er verheiratet ist; er wird von Nestor getötet (Hom. Il. 11,738ff.). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel) [English version] [2] Herold von Penelopes Freier Amphinomos Herold von Penelopes Freier Amphinomos aus Dulichion; er bedient die Freier im Haus des Odysseus (Hom. Od. 18,423). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Makris

(50 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Μάκρις). Tochter des Aristaios [1], Amme des Dionysos auf Euboia. Nach ihrer Vertreibung durch Hera wohnt sie auf Korkyra, das nach ihr auch M. heißt, in einer Grotte, die später Ort der Vermählung von Iason und Medeia ist (Apoll. Rhod. 4,540; 990; 1130ff.).…

Nikodamas

(41 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Νικοδάμας). Ein Pygmäe, Gatte der Oinoe [1], die der Artemis und der Hera die Verehrung versagt und zur Strafe in einen Kranich verwandelt wird (Antoninus Liberalis 16); sie wird auch Gerana genannt (Athen. 9,393e). Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)

Naoklos

(24 words)

Author(s): Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
[English version] (Νάοκλος). Sohn des Kodros, führt athenische Auswanderer nach Teos (Paus. 7,3,6). Bei Strab. 14,1,3 heißt er Nauklos. Käppel, Lutz (Kiel)
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