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Alcinous (1)  

Herbert Jennings Rose

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Dec 2015
Alcinous (1) (Ἀλκίνοος), in mythology, son of Nausithous (Od. 7.63), husband of Arete, his niece (7. 66), king of the Phaeacians in Scheria (6. 12, etc.), father of *Nausicaa. He received ... More

Alcmaeon (1), Greek mythical hero, son of Amphiarus and Eriphyle  

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

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Mar 2016
Alcmaeon (1), the son of *Amphiaraus and Eriphyle, who killed his mother in revenge for his father's death. Bribed by Polynices with the necklace of Harmonia, Eriphyle gave a judgement in favour of ... More

Alcmene  

Emily Kearns

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Dec 2015
Alcmene, mother of *Heracles. Her father was Electryon, who was accidentally killed by her husband *Amphitryon; she followed Amphitryon into exile in *Thebes (1), but refused to sleep with him until ... More

Aletes (1)  

Emily Kearns

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Dec 2015
Son of *Aegisthus, killed by *Orestes in Mycenae (Hyg., Fab. 122, perhaps from the Attic tragedy Aletes, TrGF 3. 2. fr. 1b). His name (‘Wanderer’) may suggest an aetiological connection with the ... More

Aloadae  

Herbert Jennings Rose and Ken Dowden

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Dec 2015
Aloadae, in mythology, Otus and *Ep(h)ialtes (2), sons of Iphimedia and not in fact Aloeus but *Poseidon (Od. 11. 305; Hes. Catalogus mulierum fr. 19 M–W). After nine years they were 9 cubits broad ... More

alphabet, Greek  

John William Pirie, Lilian Hamilton Jeffery, and Alan Johnston

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Jul 2015
In early Greece various forms of alphabet were current but all derived from a *Phoenician (Semitic) source, which must have ... More

Alphesiboea  

Herbert Jennings Rose

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Dec 2015
Alphesiboea, in mythology, daughter of *Phegeus of Psophis and wife of *Alcmaeon (1). According to Propertius 1. 15. 15, she and not Callirhoë's children avenged him; perhaps a mere ... More

Alpheus  

Thomas James Dunbabin, Robert J. Hopper, and Antony Spawforth

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Dec 2015
Alpheus (Ἀλφειός), the largest river of the *Peloponnese, rises in south *Arcadia near Asea and flows past *Olympia to the Ionian Sea. Its main tributaries are the Arcadian Ladon and Erymanthus; the ... More

altars, Greek  

Frederick Norman Pryce, John Boardman, Antony Spawforth, and J. Linderski

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Dec 2015
Indispensable adjunct of *sacrifice in ancient religion.The chief type was the raised bōmos (βωμός) on which a wood fire was lit for the cremation of the victim's thigh-bones and spit-roasting of the ... More

Althaemenes  

Herbert Jennings Rose

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Dec 2015
Althaemenes, in mythology, son of *Catreus, king of Crete. Warned by an oracle that he would kill his father, he left Crete for Rhodes. Long after, his father came to seek him; Althaemenes ... More

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