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Combines in one quantity the entire textual content of the definitive two-volume vintage, bringing up all of the historical myths.

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Aphrodite offered Harmonia with the recognized golden necklace made via Hephaestus—originally it have been Zeus’s love-gift to Cadmus’s sister Europe—which conferred impossible to resist good looks on its wearer. Athene gave her a golden gown, which conferred divine dignity on its wearer, additionally a suite of flutes; and Hermes lyre. Cadmus’s personal current to Harmonia was once one other wealthy gown. Electra, Iasion’s mom, taught her the rites of the nice Goddess, whereas Demeter guaranteed her a wealthy barley harvest through mendacity with Iasion in a thrice-ploughed box in the course of the celebrations. The Thebans nonetheless convey where the place the Muses performed the flute and sang in this social gathering, and the place Apollo played at the lyre. c. In his previous age, to placate Ares, who had no longer but absolutely forgiven him for him for killing the serpent, Cadmus resigned the Theban throne in favour of his grandson Pentheus, whom his daughter Agave needed to Echion the Sown guy, and lived quietly within the urban. but if Pentheus was once performed to dying through his mom, Dionysus foretold that Cadmus and Harmonia, using in a chariot drawn by way of heifers, might rule over barbarian hordes. those related barbarians, he stated, may sack many Greek towns till, ultimately, they plundered a temple of Apollo, whereupon they might undergo simply punishment; yet Ares might rescue Cadmus and Harmonia, after turning them into serpents, and they'd dwell fortunately forever within the Islands of the Blessed. d. Cadmus and Harmonia as a result emigrated to the land of the Encheleans who, while attacked by way of the Illyrians, selected them as their rulers, in response to Dionysus’s recommendation. Agave used to be now married to Lycotherses, King of Illyria, at whose courtroom she had taken shelter after her homicide of Pentheus; yet on listening to that her mom and dad commanded the Enchelean forces, she murdered Lycotherses too, and gave the dominion to Cadmus. e. of their outdated age, whilst the prophecy have been utterly fulfilled, Cadmus and Harmonia duly turned blue-spotted black serpents, and have been despatched via Zeus to the Islands of the Blessed. yet a few say that Ares replaced them into lions. Their our bodies have been buried in Illyria, the place Cadmus had equipped town of Buthoë. He used to be succeeded via Illyrius, the son of his previous age. *** 1. Cadmus’s marriage to Harmonia, within the presence of the Twelve Olympian deities, is paralleled by way of Peleus’s marriage to Thetis, and turns out to list a normal Hellenic popularity of the Cadmeian conquerors of Thebes, when they have been subsidized via the Athenians and decently initiated into the Samothracian Mysteries. His founding of Buthoë constitutes a declare through the Illyrians to be handled as Greeks, and for this reason to participate within the Olympic video games. Cadmus could have had an oracle in Illyria, if he used to be pictured there as a serpent; and the lions into which he and Harmonia also are stated to were remodeled, have been maybe dual heraldic supporters of the good Goddess’s aniconic image—as at the well-known Lion Gate at Mycenae. The mythographer means that he used to be allowed to to migrate with a colony on the shut of his reign, rather than being placed to loss of life.

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