Alcyone; the daughter of Atlas and Pleione, and one of the Pleiades. Neptuneloved her, and had by her two sons and a daughter, the famous Alcyone the wife of Ceyx, whose grief for her husband's death is so pathetically represented by the poets.Circeque, it Alymone nata. Commentators have been much perplexed by this passage. Heinsius observes, that some fault must have crept into the text, because we find so great a variety of readings in ancient manuscripts. Instead of Circe, many have Ceyce, Ceiceque, Ceyceque; for Alymone, some exhibit Aleone, Amemone, Anthcone, with about thirty others, which need not here be repeated. It is to be observed, however, that the greater number of manuscripts agree in Avcone or Aneone. To say truth, the explications given are for the most part so confused, that one is at a lost what to make of them. I shall only therefore remark, that some crities are for retaining the commonly received reading, but differ in their manner of pointing it; for they make it run thus: Circe et Alymone nata; as if the poet meant the daughter of Circe and Alymone. This, they tell us, was Iphimedia the wife of Alocus, mentioned by Homer in his Odyssey; who also tells us, that she was ravished by Neptune, and bore to him two great giants, Orus and Ephialtes, that every month grew nine inches.
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