Clara fugantem lumina. The poet here alludes to the bloody revenge of Atreus, the father of Menelaus. Atreus and Thyestes were brothers, the sons of Pelops and Hippodamia, the former of whom had married aerope. Thyestes, being deeply enamored of her, used all means to seduce her, and at last prevailed. Atreus, incensed at this insult, banished him; but, resolving upon a more barbarous revenge, he recalled him, and inviting him to a banquet, ordered the two children he had by her to be killed, thessed, and presented to him at the feast. The sun is said to have gone back, stricken with horrer at the sight. Atreus being the first who found out the eclipse of the sun, this is judged by some to have given rise to the fable.
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