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Achilles  

Andrew Brown

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Jul 2015
Achilles (Ἀχιλλεύς), son of *Peleus and *Thetis; greatest of the Greek heroes in the Trojan War; central character of *Homer's Iliad. His name may be of Mycenaean Greek origin, ... More

Alcestis  

Ken Dowden

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Mar 2016
Alcestis, in mythology, daughter of *Pelias, wife of Admetus king of *Pherae (Thessaly), who is prepared to die in his place.Pelias promised Alcestis to whoever could yoke a lion and boar to a ... More

Antigone (1)  

Andrew Brown

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Mar 2016
Antigone (1), daughter of *Oedipus and Iocasta, sister of *Eteocles, Polynices and Ismene. *Sophocles (1)'s Antigone deals with events after the Theban War, in which Eteocles and ... More

Antinous (1), mythical suitor of Penelope in the Odyssey  

Nicholas J. Richardson

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Mar 2016

Antinous (1), son of Eupeithes (Od. 1. 383), ringleader of *Penelope's suitors, and first to be killed by *Odysseus, whose kingship he is said to have wished to usurp (Od. 22. 8–53).

Apollonius (1) Rhodius  

Richard Hunter

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Dec 2015
Apollonius (1) Rhodius, a major literary figure of 3rd-century bce*Alexandria (1), and poet of the Argonautica, the only extant Greek hexameter *epic written between *Homer and the Roman imperial ... More

Argonauts, mythical hero group from Greek epic  

Richard Hunter

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Mar 2016
Argonauts, one of the earliest (cf. Hom. Od. 12. 69–72) and most important Greek sagas, set in the generation before the Trojan War and involving heroes particularly associated with *Thessaly, ... More

Demodocus  

Ken Dowden

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Dec 2015
Demodocus, in *Homer's Odyssey (8. 44–5, 62–4), a blind and respected first-class bard at *Alcinous (1)'s court—an image offered by Homer of his own role. He sings of the adultery of *Ares and ... More

Dionysia  

Richard Seaford

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Dec 2015
Many festivals of *Dionysus had special names, e.g. the *Anthesteria, the *Lenaea, etc. This article concerns those Attic festivals known as (a) τὰ κατ᾽ ἀγροὺς Διονύσια, the Rural Dionysia, and (b) ... More

Euhemerus  

Herbert Jennings Rose and Simon Hornblower

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Dec 2015
Euhemerus (Εὐήμερος), of *Messene, perhaps wrote while in the service of *Cassander (311–298 bce), but was perhaps active as late as 280 bce. He wrote a *novel of travel which was influential in the ... More

folktale  

William Hansen

Folktales are traditional fictional stories. Unlike works of original literary fiction, they are normally anonymous narratives that have been transmitted from one teller to another over an ... More

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