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Alcinous (1)

Alcinous (1) (Ἀλκίνοος‎), in mythology, son of Nausithous (Od. 7.63), husband of Arete, his niece (7. 66), king of the Phaeacians in Scheria (6. 12, etc.), father of Nausicaa. He received Odysseus hospitably and sent him to Ithaca on one of the magic ships of his people (13.70 ff.), though he had had warning of the danger of such services to all and sundry (13.172 ff.). In the Argonautic legend (see especially Ap. Rhod. 4.993 ff.) the Argonauts visit Scheria (here called Drepane) on their return from Colchis; the Colchians pursue them there and demand Medea. Alcinous decides that if she is virgin she must return, but if not, her husband Jason (1) shall keep her. Warned by Arete, she and Jason consummate their marriage. For a temenos of Alcinous on Corcyra see Thuc. 3.70.4 with Hornblower, Comm. on Thuc.


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