Achelous; the son of Oceanus and Terra, or, as others say, Thetis. He had obtained this gift from his mother, That with whomsoever he might engage, he should have it in his power to assume what form he pleased. Contending with Hercules for Deianira, he fought first in the shape of a serpent, afterwards of a bull. Being at length overcome, he hid himself in the river Achelous. The meaning of this fable is explained at large by mythologists. Ovid afterwards gives it more particularly in his Metamorphoses.
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