- Kevin Clinton
ExtractAscalaphus, in mythology, (1) son of *Ares; (2) son of Orphne (Ov. Met. 5. 539), or Gorgyra (Apollod. 1. 33), and Acheron. When *Persephone was in *Hades, *Zeus agreed that she could return if she had eaten nothing. Ascalaphus had seen her eat a few pomegranate-seeds and betrayed her; Persephone turned him into an owl (Ovid), or *Demeter did, when the stone which she had put over him was lifted by *Heracles (Apollod.
- Greek Myth and Religion