Phryxeae. So called from Phryxus, the son of Athamas and Nephele. He with his sister Helle, flying from the cruelty of his step-mother, came to the Hellespont, and ventured to swim over it on the ram which had the golden fleece. Helle was drowned; whence these streights took the name of Hellespont, that is, Pontus Helles, the sea of Helle. He himself arrived safely in Colchis; sacrificed the ram to Mars; and hung up his spoil in the temple, where it continued till Jason fetched it back into Greece.
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