Cassell's Dictionary of Classical Mythology by Jenny March

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By Jenny March

An award winner by means of knowledgeable on historical Greek tradition! Gods and goddesses, personalities and areas, heritage and archeology: this interesting and beautifully authoritative paintings faucets into the richest veins of the classical world--its mythology. It covers the entire vital tales, characters (divine, human, and animal), sacred websites, and significant occasions that formed previous civilizations...and our personal. large quotations from the unique resources and over a hundred illustrations liven up greater than four hundred articles.

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Aegis. In Homer's Iliad, the aegis of ZEUS, given him by HEPHAESTUS, is a rather indeterminate item and has been variously interpreted as a goatskin (aix, aigos, 'goat'), as a shield, and as the very thundercloud itself from which Zeus hurls down his weapon, the thunderbolt. Gleaming and hung with a hundred tassels made of gold, it is 44 Aegisthus embellished with the fearful GORGON'S head and with allegorical figures of Fear, Strife, Strength and Rout. Zeus shakes it and causes terror on the battlefield, APOLLO borrows it and wields it in the same way, and he also uses it to protect the dead body of Hector.

When Jason grew up, he came back to Iolcus and was sent by Pelias to fetch the Golden Fleece. The expedition was long and arduous (see ARGONAUTS), and eventually Pelias thought himself safe from Jason's return and free to kill his family. Aeson, when he saw death coming, asked to take his own life, then died by drinking bull's blood, which the ancients thought to be poisonous. Aeson's wife too committed suicide, calling down curses upon the wicked Pelias. She left an infant son, Promachus, but Pelias killed him also.

He was married to the Oceanid Eidyia and had two daughters, Chalciope and MEDEA, and a son, APSYRTUS, who was sometimes said to have been born of a Caucasian nymph, Asterodeia. When the flying ram with the fleece of gold set PHRIXUS down at Aea, Aeetes welcomed him and gave him the hand of his daughter Chalciope in marriage. In gratitude for his safe landing, Phrixus 40 Aegaeon sacrificed the wondrous ram to Zeus and gave its fleece to the king. Aeetes hung it in an oak tree in a grove of ARES and set a sleepless dragon to guard it.

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