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The daughters of Pandareus, Johann Heinrich Fuessli

In Greek mythology, Pandareus was the son of Clymene and Merops. At the request of his friend, Tantalus, Pandareus stole a bronze dog from a temple to Zeus on Crete. According to various sources, he was turned to stone or fled to Sicily.

With Hermothoe Pandareus was the father of Aedon. His other daughters were Cleothera and Merope (or Cairo and Clytia according to another story)

Odyssey Book 20

..in Ocean's backward-flowing stream, just as
storms snatched up Pandareus' daughters,
whose parents the gods killed, thus leaving them
orphans in their home.  Fair Aphrodite
looked after them with cheese, sweet honey,
and fine wine, while Hera offered them   
beauty and wisdom beyond all women.   
Chaste Artemis made them tall, and Athena   
gave them their skills in famous handicrafts.
But when fair Aphrodite went away
to high Olympus, petitioning Zeus,
who hurls the thunderbolt, that the girls
could find fulfillment in a happy marriage,
for Zeus has perfect knowledge of all things,
what each man's destiny will be or not,
that's when storm spirits snatched away the girls
and placed them in the care of hateful Furies


Sources

  • Homer Odyssee, XX.
  • Pausanias
  • Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses
  • Eustathius of Thessalonike, About Homer


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