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Notebook, 1993-

ANCIENT GREEK CULTURE

[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Demigods and Heros - Achilles - Aegisthus - Agamemnon - Ajax the Locrian - Ajax the Telamonian - Alcestis - Amphiaraos - Amphitrite - Antigone - Atalanta - Belerophon - Cadmus - Clytemnestra - Daedalus - Danae - Dioscuri - Electra - Europa - Eurydice - Ganymede - Hector - Hecuba - Helen - Heracles - Hippolytus - Icarus - Io - Iphigenia - Jason - Leda - Menelaus - Minos - Nestor - Niobe - Odysseus - Oedipus - Orestes - Medea - Orpheus - Paris - Pasiphae - Pelops - Penelope - Perseus - Phaedra - Phaethon - Phrixus - Priam - Telemachus - Theseus - Triptolemus

Phrixus

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Son of Athamas and Nephele. Ino, second wife of Athamas, after begetting her own children by hi m, wished to rid herself of Phrixus and his sister Helle. She thus by some ruse made the women heat the seeds that were kept in stock by the men for sowing, with the result that they did not bear fruit. She later forced her husband to send envoys to the Delphic Oracle to learn the reasons why the gods were angry with them. These envoys duly indoctrinated by Ino reported that Phrixus must be sacrificed so that the seeds of the earth could once again bear fruit. As Athamas was preparing to execute the apparent command of the Oracle, Nephele sent her ram which had been born of the union with Poseidon, to Phrixus and his sister Helle which carried them on its back to the distant north. On the flight, Helle lost her balance and fell into the sea which bears her name [Hellespont] where she was [p. 76] drowned but Phrixus continued his journey on the ram with the golden fleece and finally reached Colchis. There he was warmly received by king Aetes who gave him as wife his daughter Chalciope. [pp. 76-77]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]




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