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date: 26 November 2022

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  • Jenny March

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In *Homer's account (Il. 6. 152–202) he is son of *Glaucus (2) (or, according to *Hesiod, *Poseidon: fr. 43. 81 f. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West) and grandson of *Sisyphus, and a native of Ephyre (generally identified with *Corinth). *Proetus, king of Tiryns, had a wife Anteia (Stheneboea in later versions) who fell in love with Bellerophon and tried to seduce him. When he rejected her advances she falsely accused him of trying to rape her. So Proetus sent him to Iobates, king of Lycia and Anteia's father, with a sealed letter containing instructions to kill the bearer. Iobates set Bellerophon tasks likely to bring about his death, sending him to kill the *Chimaera, and to fight the Solymi and the *Amazons. When Bellerophon returned triumphant from all these tasks, and survived an ambush laid for him by Iobates, the king married him to his daughter and gave him half his kingdom. In versions after Homer, Bellerophon accomplished his tasks with the help of the winged horse *Pegasus, which *Athena helped him to catch (Pind.

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  • Greek Myth and Religion

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