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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 2 (search)
the centaurs. The statement that Pylius acted as
adoptive father to Herakles at his initiation is repeated by Plut. Thes. 33, who mentions that before Castor and Pollux were initiated at
Athens they were in like manner adopted by
Aphidnus. Herodotus says （Hdt. 8.65） that
any Greek who pleased might be initiated at Eleusis. The initiation of Herakles is represented in ancient reliefs. See
A. B. Cook, Zeus, i.425ff. And having come to
Taenarum in Laconia, where is the
mouth of the descent to Hades, he descended through it.Compare Eur. Herc. 23ff.; Paus.
3.25.5; Seneca, Herakles Furens 807ff. Sophocles seems to have
written a Satyric drama on the descent of Herakles into the infernal regions at
Taenarum. See The Fragments of Sophocles, ed. A. C. Pearson, vol.
i. pp. 167ff. According to another account, Herakles descended, not at Taenarum
but at the Acherusian Chersonese, near Heraclea