Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 21 Sep 2011 13:55 and updated at 21 Sep 2011 13:55


ild.06 He was the son of Aeolus, and had a son named Glaucus, who was father to Bellerophon, whom heaven endowed with the most surpassing comeliness and beauty.
ild.06 For Antea, wife of Proetus, lusted after him, and would have had him lie with her in secret; but Bellerophon was an honourable man and would not, so she told lies about him to Proteus.
ild.06 Proetus, said she, kill Bellerophon or die, for he would have had converse with me against my will.
ild.06 The king was angered, but shrank from killing Bellerophon, so he sent him to Lycia with lying letters of introduction, written on a folded tablet, and containing much ill against the bearer.
ild.06 He bade Bellerophon show these letters to his father in law, to the end that he might thus perish; Bellerophon therefore went to Lycia, and the Gods convoyed him safely.
ild.06 When he had received the wicked letter he first commanded Bellerophon to kill that savage monster, the Chimaera, who was not a human being, but a Goddess, for she had the head of a Lion and the tail of a Serpent, while her body was that of a Goat, and she breathed forth flames of fire; but Bellerophon slew her, for he was guided by signs from heaven.
ild.06 Thirdly, he killed the Amazons, Women who were the peers of men, and as he was returning thence the king devised yet another plan for his destruction; he picked the bravest warriors in all Lycia, and placed them in ambuscade, but not a man ever came back, for Bellerophon killed every one of them.
ild.06 "The king s daughter bore Bellerophon three children, Isander, Hippolochus, and Laodameia.
ild.06 Jove, the lord of counsel, lay with Laodameia, and she bore him noble Sarpedon; but when Bellerophon came to be hated by all the gods, he wandered all desolate and dismayed upon the Alean plain, gnawing at his own heart, and shunning the path of man.
ild.06 Great Oeneus once entertained Bellerophon for Twenty days, and the two exchanged presents.
ild.06 Oeneus gave a belt rich with purple, and Bellerophon a double cup, which I left at home when I set out for Troy.

Arise Greece! from thy silent sleep, 2000 years long it is! Forget not, thy ancient culture, beautiful and marvelous it is!

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