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In Greek mythology, Triopas or Triops (Τριόπας or Τρίοψ), 'three eyes' was the name of several characters, whose relations are unclear

a son of Poseidon and Canace, a daughter of Aeolus (Schol. ad Callim. Hymn, in Cer. 100) or one of the Heliadae, sons of Helios and Rhodus. and the father of Iphimedeia and Erysichthon '(Apollod. i. 7. § 4 ; Diod. v. 56 ; Steph. Byz. s. v. Triopion; Ov. Met. viii. 751); he is also called the father of Pelasgus. (Paus. ii. 22. § 2.)

He expelled the Pelasgians from the Dotian plain. Triopas, along with his brothers, Macar, Actis and Candalus, were jealous of a fifth brother, Tenages's, skill at science. They killed him.

Triopas escaped to Cos and went to Caria, where he founded Cnidus (hence called Triopia ) on the Triopian promontory. (Diod. l.c.; Herod, i. 174.) His son Erysichthon was punished by Demeter with insatiable hunger, because he had violated her sacred grove (Callim. Hymn, in Cer. 25, &c.); but others relate the same of Triopas himself. (Hygin. Poet. Astr. ii. 14; comp. Schol. ad Theocrit. xvii. 69.) The statue of Triopas with a horse stood at Delphi, being an offering of the Cnidians. (Paus. x. 11.1.)


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Triopas is also a son of Phorbas, an Argive, was the father of lasus, Agenor and Messene. (Paus. ii. 16. § I, iv. 1. § 2.)



References

Arthur Bernard Cook, "Zeus, Jupiter, and the Oak", The Classical Review 18:1:75-89 (February 1904)JSTOR

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