Ormeni nympha. This is meant of Astydamia, the daughter of king Ormenus. Hercules had demanded her in marriage of her father; but he refused, knowing him to be already wedded to Deianira. Hercules, enraged at the rejection of his addresses, made war upon him, took his city by attack, and slew him. Astydamia was made prisoner, and had a child by the conqueror.Theutrantia turba. This refers to the fifty daughters of Thespius, the son of Erectheus, king of Athens. All these Hercules is said to have debauched in one night, so as to beget fifty sons called Thespiades. Commentators disagree as to the reason of their being here called Turba Theutrantia. Some derive it from Theutrantes, a king of Mysia; but the most probable conjecture deduces it from Theutrantos, a city of Attica, where was to be seen a masterly picture, in which this story of Hercules was represented.
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