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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 2 (search)
a gadfly to infest the cow,For the wanderings of Io,
goaded by the gadfly, see Aesch. Supp. 540ff., Aesch. PB 786(805)ff.; Ov. Met.
1.724ff. and the animal came first to what is called after her the
Ionian gulf. Then she journeyed through Illyria
and having traversed Mount Haemus she crossed what was then called the Thracian Straits
but is now called after her the Bosphorus.Bosphoros,
”Cow's strait” or ”
Oxford.” And having gone away to Scythia and the Cimmerian land she wandered over great
tracts of land and swam wide stretches of sea both in Europe and Asia until at last she came to Egypt, where she recovered
her original form and gave birth to a son Epaphus beside the river Nile.Compare Aesch. PB 846(865)ff.; Hdt. 2.153
Hdt. 3.27; Ov. Met. 1.748ff.;
Hyginus, Fab. 145. Him Hera besought the Curetes to make away
with, and make away with him they did. When Zeus learned of it, he slew the Curet
Apollodorus, Epitome (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book E (search)
illed it, Aegeus
presented to him a poison which he had received the selfsame day from Medea. But just as
the draught was about to be administered to him, he gave his father the sword, and on
recognizing it Aegeus dashed the cup from his hands.Compare
Plut. Thes. 12; Scholiast on Hom. Il.
xi.741; Ov. Met. 7.404-424. According to Ovid,
the poison by which Medea attempted the life of Theseus was aconite, which she had
brought with her from Scythia. The incident
seems to have been narrated by Sophocles in his tragedy Aegeus. See
The Fragments of Sophocles, ed. A. C. Pearson, vol. i. pp.
15ff. And when Theseus was thus made known to his father and
informed of the plot, he expelled Medea.
And he was numbered among those who were to be sent as the third tribute to the Minotaur;
or, as some affirm, he offered himself voluntarily.Compare
Plut. Thes. 17; Eustathius on Hom. Od. xi.320,