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Chapter 10, Perseus and Bellerophontes: Part 1

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ApB 2.2.1Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Lynceus reigned over Argos after Danaus and begat a son Abas by Hypermnestra; and Abas had twin sons Acrisius and Proetus by Aglaia, daughter of Mantineus.  Greek Text

Σ Pho 180 – Scholia at Euripides, Phoinissai (Phoenician Women) – Scholia in Euripidem, ed. E. Schwartz, vol. 1, p. 274. Berlin 1887. 

Kapaneus:  son of Hipponous, son of Anaxagoras, son of Argeios, son of Megapenthos, son of Proitos, son of Abas, son of Lynkeusson of Aigyptos; his mother was Laodike, daughter of Iphis, son of Alektor.  (Transl. Mary Emerson)  Greek Text

Hesiod, Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 129 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, pp. 62-63, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967.

. . . gave . . . [paid ba]ck a great harm. . . . then b[ore blam]eless Abas . . . in the lofty palace . . . [who] rivaled [the Oly]mpians [in sightliness;] . . . [fa]ther of men and gods . . . and to mount the same bed; [and she bore Proitos] and Akrisios the king.  (Transl. Silvio Curtis)

Bak 11.40, 64-69Bakchylides, Odes

[40] To her once the son of Abas and his daughters with beautiful robes set up an altar where many prayers are offered.

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…an insurmountable quarrel [65] had arisen, from a slight beginning, between the brothers Proetus and Acrisius. They were destroying their people with lawless feuding and grievous battles, and the people entreated the sons of Abas.  Greek Text

Homer, Iliad 14.319-320

nor of Danaë of the fair ankles, daughter of Acrisius, who bare Perseus, pre-eminent above all warriorsGreek Text

Bak 11.59-72Bakchylides, Odes

 For it was now the tenth year since the heroes with their bronze shields, fearless in battle, [60] had left Argos, the city loved by the gods, and lived in Tiryns with their much envied king, because an insurmountable quarrel [65] had arisen, from a slight beginning, between the brothers Proetus and Acrisius. They were destroying their people with lawless feuding and grievous battles, and the people entreated the sons of Abas [70] that, since they had as their share a land rich in barley, the younger one should be the founder of Tiryns, before they fell under ruinous compulsion. Greek Text

ApB 2.2.1Apollodoros, Bibliotheke (Library)

Lynceus reigned over Argos after Danaus and begat a son Abas by Hypermnestra; and Abas had twin sons Acrisius and Proetus by Aglaia, daughter of Mantineus. These two quarrelled with each other while they were still in the womb, and when they were grown up they waged war for the kingdom, and in the course of the war they were the first to invent shields. And Acrisius gained the mastery and drove Proetus from Argos; and Proetus went to Lycia to the court of Iobates or, as some say, of Amphianax, and married his daughter, whom Homer calls Antia, but the tragic poets call her Stheneboea. His in-law restored him to his own land with an army of Lycians, and he occupied Tiryns, which the Cyclopes had fortified for him. They divided the whole of the Argive territory between them and settled in it, Acrisius reigning over Argos and Proetus over Tiryns.  Greek Text

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