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Pelops

(1,023 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm (Bochum) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
(Πέλοψ; Pélops). [German version] [1] Son of Tantalus Son of Tantalus (Cypria fragment 13 EpGF; in Hyg. Fab. 82 from his liaison with Dione), husband of Hippodamia [1], father of Atreus, Thyestes, Pittheus and other children (Pind. O. 1,88f. with schol.). P.'s original homeland was Asia Minor (cf. Pind. Ol. 1,24; Hdt. 7,8).  P.'s father Tantalus chops him into pieces, cooks him and serves him up to the gods. Demeter is the only one who fails to notice the horren…

Xanthus

(1,334 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Robbins, Emmet (Toronto) | Högemann, Peter (Tübingen) | W.T.
(Ξάνθος/ Xánthos). [German version] [1] Name of several figures in Greek mythology Name of several male figures in Greek mythology: 1) Son of Phaenops [2], who was killed by Diomedes [1] at the gates of Troy (Hom. Il. 5,152-158). 2) Son of Triopas and Oreasis. X. received a part of Lycia; from there, he settled the deserted island of Lesbos (Diod. Sic. 5,81,2; Hyg. Fab. 145). …

Patroclus

(1,124 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Heimgartner, Martin (Halle)
(Πάτροκλος/ Pátroklos, also Πατροκλῆς/ Patroklês; Lat. Patroclus). [German version] [1] Companion to Achilleus Son of Menoetius [1] from Opus (Hom. Il. 11,814; his mother's name is not given in Homer, alternative suggestions in Apollod. 3,176), best friend of Achilleus [1]. In his childhood, P. kills a fellow-player out of anger during a game of dice and then flees to Phthia to Peleus, who gives him to Achilleus as a companion (Hom. Il. 23,85-90; Hellanikos FGrH 4 F 145; Apollod. 3,176). According to Pind. Ol. 9,70-79, even before the Trojan War proper, P. fights in the Teuthranian campaign against Telephus on the side of Achilleus. Before their departure, Menoeteus had advised P., as the older but physically weaker, to be a counsellor to Achilleus (Hom. Il. 11,785-789). At Troy, P., the best of the Myrmidones (ibid. 18,10), withdraws from the battle with the wrathful Achilleus. He prepares food for the embassy that comes to petition Achilleus (ibid. 9,201-220). After Nestor [1] spurs him on, as the situation seems hopeless, to enter the battle using Achilleus' weapons …

Troy

(5,308 words)

Author(s): D.MAN. | M.KO. | Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
This item can be found on the following maps: Writing | Theatre | Caesar | | Diadochi and Epigoni | Dark Ages | Ḫattusa | Asia Minor | Asia Minor | Mycenaean culture and archaeology | Pergamum | Persian Wars | Pompeius | Aegean Koine | Aegean Koine | Education / Culture | Mineral Resources I. History [German version] A. Name In Homer (Homerus [1]), the forms ἡ Τροίη/ Troíē and ἡ Ἴλιος/ Ílios (for Ilion/Ilium see below I. C.) appear alongside one another. Therefore, there has been discussion of a 'double name' for the settlement, for which the two terms πόλις ( pólis ) and ἄστυ ( ásty

Nectar

(321 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)

Minos

(824 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
[German version] (Μίνως, Mínōs). Mythical king of Crete, son of Zeus and Europe [2]; Asterius (Asterion [1]) is said to be his mortal father (Apollod. 3,1,2). M. is the brother of Rhadamanthys (Hom. Il. 14,321f.) and already in Hes. Cat. 140 also of Sarpedon; as Pasiphae's husband, he is the father of Deucalion, Ariadne, Phaedra and other children, from other liaisons as well (their names are listed in Apollod. 3,1,2). Diod. 4,60,3 distinguishes between two rulers named M., grandfather and grandson. M. is particularly well known for his role as a judge and as the first law-maker in Crete, or in the history of humanity (Ps.-Plat. Min. 318c-e), from whom, for one, Sparta under Lycurgus [4] borrowed its laws. M. received the laws through his association with Zeus, who also reared him (Plat. Leg. 624a). To that end, he holds discussions with Zeus in a cave (Diod. 5,78,3). Even after his death, M. continues to act as a judge in the Underworld (in Hom. Od. 11,568-571 he passes judgement over the …

Medon

(479 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome) | Günther, Linda-Marie (Munich)
(Μέδων/ Médōn). [German version] [1] Son of Oileus and Rhene Illegitimate son of Oileus and Rhene, who led Philoctetes' men to Troy after the latter had to be left on Lemnos (Hom. Il. 2,726ff.). He had killed a member of his stepmother Eriopis' family and thus had to leave his home and flee to Phylace (Thessaly; ibid. 13,695ff.). He is killed by Aeneas (ibid. 15,332). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) Bibliography W. Kullmann, Die Quellen der Ilias (Hermes ES 14), 1960, 113; 122f.; 162f. F. Prinz, Gründungsmythen und Sagenchronologie (Zetemata 72), 1979, 59f. [German version] [2] Herold in the palace…

Neleus

(637 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Gottschalk, Hans (Leeds) | Hidber, Thomas (Berne)
(Νηλεύς; Nēleús). [German version] [1] King of the Messenian Pylos King of Messenian Pylos, son of Poseidon and Tyro, the daughter of Salmoneus. Tyro, wife of Cretheus, falls in love with the river god Enipeus. In his guise, Poeseidon sires with her N. and his twin brother Pelias (Hom. Od. 11,235-253; cf. also Hes. Cat. 30f.). After Cretheus' death, strife develops between N. and Pelias over who is to rule in Iolcus. N. is forced to repair to the Peloponnese, where he founds Pylos (Hom. Od. 11,254-259; He…

Somnus

(509 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
[German version] (also Sopor, Greek  ῞Υπνος/ Hýpnos). As a god personifying sleep, Hypnos (= H.) is already mentioned in the Iliad, where Hera visits him on Lemnos and asks him to lull Zeus to sleep (Hom. Il. 14,230-360). In return she promises him Pasithea [2], one of the Graces (cf. Catull. 63,42 f.). Once he had done this, so that Hera could inflict harm on Heracles after the first destruction of Troy, H. had to flee from Zeus's anger to Nyx (Night). He then hides from Zeus in the form of a night b…

Mestor

(170 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
(Μήστωρ; Mḗstōr). [German version] [1] Son of Perseus and Andromeda The son of Perseus and Andromeda; the husband of Lysidice, a daughter of Pelops; and the father of Hippothoe. His great-great-grandson, the son of Pterelaus, was also named M. (Apollod. 2,4,5). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [German version] [2] Son of Priam The son of Priamus, killed by Achilles on Mount Ida (Apollod. Epit. 3,32); Priamus laments his death in Hom. Il.24, 255ff. [1. 283f.]. In Dictys 6,9, M. accompanies Pyrrhus as a prisoner. Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [German version] [3] Son of Locrian Ajax, companion of Agamemnon A son …

Xuthus

(309 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
(Ξοῦθος; Xoûthos). [German version] [1] Son of Hellen and Orseis/Othreis Son of Hellen and Orseis/Othreis, brother of Dorus and Aeolus [1] (Hes. fr. 9 MW; Hellanicus FGrH 4 F 125; Apollod. 1,49); X. is the mythical ancestor of the tribe of the Ionians (Iones). With Creusa [2], the daughter of the Athenian king Erechtheus, he fathered Ion [1], Achaeus [1] and Diomede (Hes. fr. 10a,20-24 MW; Hdt. 7,94; 8,44; Apollod. 1,50). X. is sent away from Thessaly by his father and journeys to Attica, where he founds …

Megareus

(108 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
(Μεγαρεύς; Megareús). [German version] [1] Son of Poseidon Son of Poseidon (Hyg. fab. 157), father of Hippomenes (Ov. met. 10,605). M. brings an army to the aid of Nisus against Minos and falls in the battle. The city of Nisa is renamed after M. to Megara [2] (Paus. 1,39,5). According to others, M. is married to Nisus's daughter Iphinoe and succeeds him (ibid. 1,39,6; see also 1,41,3). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [German version] [2] Son of Creon [1] and Eurydice Son of Creon [1] and Eurydice. He saves Thebes by sacrificing his own life in war (Aeschyl. Sept. 474; Soph. Ant. 1303 with schol.). Stenger, J…

Lycomedes

(382 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Stein-Hölkeskamp, Elke (Cologne) | Schmitz, Winfried (Bielefeld)
(Λυκομήδης; Lykomḗdēs). [German version] [1] King of the Dolopes on Scyros King of the Dolopes on Scyros, father of Deidamia [1]. Because Achilles is predestined to die in Troy, his mother Thetis disguises him as a girl at the court of L. where Achilles fathers a son Neoptolemus by Deidamia (Apollod. 3,174; schol. Hom. Il. 9,668). Later Odysseus and Phoenix persuade L. on behalf of the Greeks to allow Neoptolemus to come to Troy (Soph. Phil. 343ff.; only Odysseus in Hom. Od. 11,506ff. and in The Ilias P…

Megareus

(108 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
(Μεγαρεύς). [English version] [1] Sohn des Poseidon Sohn des Poseidon (Hyg. fab. 157), Vater des Hippomenes (Ov. met. 10,605). M. kommt mit einem Heer dem Nisos gegen Minos zu Hilfe und fällt im Kampf. Nach M. wird die Stadt Nisa in Megara [2] umbenannt (Paus. 1,39,5). Nach anderen ist M. mit Nisos' Tochter Iphinoe verheiratet und folgt diesem in der Herrschaft (ebd. 1,39,6; s. auch 1,41,3). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [English version] [2] Sohn des Kreon [1] und der Eurydike Sohn des Kreon [1] und der Eurydike; rettet Theben durch Opferung des eigenen Lebens im Krieg (Aischyl. Se…

Nektar

(305 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
[English version] (νέκταρ, lat. nectar). N. (abgeleitet aus ägypt. ntry, “göttlich” [1]) dient zusammen mit Ambrosia [2] als Nahrung der Olympischen Götter, die nach Hom. Il. 5,339-341 weder Brot essen noch Wein trinken. Dabei stellt man sich N. zumeist als Trank, Ambrosia als Speise vor (z.B. Hom. Od. 5,93), doch gibt es auch die umgekehrte Auffassung; bei Alkm. fr. 42 PMG und Anaxandrides fr. 58 PCG ist N. Speise. Urspr. hatten N. und Ambrosia aber dieselbe Beschaffenheit (vgl. Hom. Od. 9,359). An den …

Metion

(83 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
[English version] (Μητίων). Sohn des Erechtheus und der Praxithea, Bruder des Kekrops (Apollod. 3,15,1). Seine Söhne, die Metioniden, vertreiben Pandion, den Sohn und Nachfolger des Kekrops, aus der Herrschaft in Attika, doch werden sie ihrerseits von dessen Söhnen vertrieben (Paus. 1,5,3f.; Apollod. 3,15,5). Daidalos [1] ist teils als Sohn des Eupalamos der Enkel des M. (Apollod. 3,15,8), teils Sohn des M. (Pherekydes FGrH 3 F 146; Diod. 4,76,1 mit M. als Sohn des Eupalamos und Enkel des Erechtheus). Stenger, Jan (Kiel)

Rhipaia orē

(412 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
[English version] (Ῥιπαῖα ὄρη). Mythisches Gebirge am Nordrand der Welt, mit etwas anderer Namensform genannt bereits bei Alkm. fr. 90 PMGF. Als Rhípai kennt sie auch Sophokles, der mit ihnen den Norden bezeichnet (Soph. Oid. K. 1248 mit schol.; vgl. Aischyl. TrGF 3 F 68). Assoziiert werden die Rh.o. bei beiden Autoren und anderen mit der Nacht (Nyx). Dies ist auf Spekulationen über die Sonnenbahn zurückzuführen: Nach einer weit verbreiteten Theorie geht die Sonne nach ihrem Untergang um die Erde herum, wird aber dab…

Mestor

(148 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
(Μήστωρ). [English version] [1] Sohn des Perseus und der Andromeda Sohn des Perseus und der Andromeda; Gatte der Lysidike, einer Pelopstochter; Vater der Hippothoe. Sein Ururenkel, Sohn des Pterelaos, heißt auch M. (Apollod. 2,4,5). Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [English version] [2] Sohn des Priamos Sohn des Priamos, von Achilleus am Ida getötet (Apollod. epit. 3,32); Priamos beklagt in Hom. Il. 24, 255ff. seinen Tod [1. 283f.]. Bei Diktys 6,9 begleitet M. den Pyrrhos als Gefangener. Stenger, Jan (Kiel) [English version] [3] Sohn des lokrischen Aias, Gefährte des Agamemnon In der Lit. nic…

Pelops

(951 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel) | Ameling, Walter (Jena) | Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm (Bochum) | Nutton, Vivian (London)
(Πέλοψ). [English version] [1] Sohn des Tantalos Sohn des Tantalos (Kypria F 13 EpGF; bei Hyg. fab. 82 aus der Verbindung mit Dione), Gatte der Hippodameia [1], Vater des Atreus, des Thyestes, des Pittheus und weiterer Kinder (Pind. O. 1,88f. mit schol.). Urspr. Heimat des P. ist Kleinasien (vgl. Pind. O. 1,24; Hdt. 7,8). Sein Vater Tantalos zerstückelt P., kocht ihn und setzt ihn den Göttern als Speise vor, die den Frevel bemerken; nur Demeter ißt aus Unachtsamkeit davon (Apollod. epit. 2,3; Hyg. fab.…

Philoktetes

(466 words)

Author(s): Stenger, Jan (Kiel)
[English version] (Φιλοκτήτης; lat. Philoctetes). Thessalischer Held, Sohn des Poias (Hom. Od. 3,190) und der Demonassa (Hyg. fab. 97,8); hervorragender Bogenschütze, Begleiter des Herakles [1]. Ph. zeichnet sich durch den Bogen aus, den er von Herakles zum Dank dafür erhält, daß er dessen Scheiterhaufen auf dem Berg Oite anzündet (Soph. Phil. 801-803). Bei Apollod. 3,131 und Hyg. fab. 81 wird Ph. zu den Freiern der Helene [1] gerechnet. Er beteiligt sich am Kriegszug gegen Troia mit sieben Schiffen…
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