Notebook, 1993-


[From: Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]

Demigods and Heros - Achilles - Aegisthus - Agamemnon - Ajax the Locrian - Ajax the Telamonian - Alcestis - Amphiaraos - Amphitrite - Antigone - Atalanta - Belerophon - Cadmus - Clytemnestra - Daedalus - Danae - Dioscuri - Electra - Europa - Eurydice - Ganymede - Hector - Hecuba - Helen - Heracles - Hippolytus - Icarus - Io - Iphigenia - Jason - Leda - Menelaus - Minos - Nestor - Niobe - Odysseus - Oedipus - Orestes - Medea - Orpheus - Paris - Pasiphae - Pelops - Penelope - Perseus - Phaedra - Phaethon - Phrixus - Priam - Telemachus - Theseus - Triptolemus


The son of Agenor and Telephaessa, brother of Europa, of Cilix and Phoenix, and grandson of Io. After Zeus had abducted his sister [see Europa] he set out with his two brothers to search for her. But their paths diverged and Cadmus finally reached Delphi where the Pythian oracle instructed him to follow a cow and found a city where it first lay down. The cow led him to a certain site where Cadmus wished to pour a libation of thanks to Zeus in gratitude for indicating the location of the new city and he sent his servants to find water. But there was a dragon, son of Ares, guarding the spring who slew the companions of Cadmus. Cadmus soon made short shrift of the dragon and by Athena's instruction he sowed the dragon's teeth from which sprung fully armed warriors. In no time at all, thousands of armed warriors were set to fighting by throwing a stone among them, and they killed each other until only five survived. These five, the Sparti, helped Cadmus to build the citadel of Cadmeia and the city of Thebes. Cadmus then married Harmonia, daughter of Ares and Aphrodite, and they had as offspring a son and four daughters, Ino, Semele, Agave, and Autonoe, all of whom met a tragic end [see Dionysos]. After many adventures, Cadmus and Harmonia retired to Illyria where they reigned and eventually died. Zeus turned them into serpents and gave them a place in Elysium. According to one tradition, Cadmus introduced the Phoenician alphabet into Greece as well as the knowledge of extracting gold from the deposits of Pangaios. [p. 61]

[Kyriazis, Constantine D. Eternal Greece. Translated by Harry T. Hionides. A Chat Publication.]



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