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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 2 (search)
O. 10.15(19); Eur. Herc. 391ff.; Plut. Thes.
11; Paus. 1.27.6; Tzetzes, Chiliades
ii.467. It is said that Cycnus used to cut off the heads of passing strangers,
intending with these gory trophies to build a temple to his father Ares. This we learn
from the Scholiasts on Pind. O. 2.82. The scene of his exploits was
Thessaly. According to Paus. 1.27.6, Herakles slew the ruffian on the banks of the Peneus river; but
Hesiod places the scene at Pagasae, and says
that the grave of Cycnus was washed away by the river Anaurus, a small stream which
flows into the Pagasaean gulf. See Hes. Sh. 70ff., Hes. Sh. 472ff. The story of Cycnus was told in a poem of
Stesichorus. See Scholiast on Pind. O. 10.15(19). For the combat of
Herakles with another Cycnus, see Apollod.
2.5.11. But when he was come to Ormenium, king Amyntor took arms and forbade
him to march through; but when he would have hindered hi