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Eurypylus

Εὐρύπυλος).


1.

Son of Euaemon, and leader of a body of troops before Troy.


2.

Son of Poseidon and Astypalaea, king of Cos, killed by Heracles.


3.

Son of Poseidon and Astypalaea, king of the Meropes of Cos. He was slain by Heracles, who had been driven on to the coast on his return from Troy. The struggle was a hard one, but Heracles was assisted by Zeus. The daughter of Eurypylus, Chalciopé, became mother of Thessalus by Heracles.


4.

Son of Telephus and Astyoché. Astyoché, bribed by her brother Priam with the present of a golden vine, persuaded Eurypylus to bring the last succour to the Trojans shortly before the fall of the city. After performing deeds of bravery, he fell by the hand of Neoptolemus.


5.

Son of Euaemon, king of Ormenium in Thessaly, one of the suitors of Helen. He was among the bravest of the Greek heroes who fought before Troy, and of his own accord offered to engage Hector in single combat. In the later story he appears in connection with the worship of Dionysus. At the division of the Trojan spoil he received an image of Dionysus, made by Hephaestus and presented to Dardanus. This had been kept in a chest as a Palladium. When Eurypylus opened the chest and beheld the image he fell into a madness. The Delphic oracle promised that he should be healed if he dedicated the image in a spot where men offered barbaric sacrifices. Accordingly he dedicated it at Aroë in Achaea, where an offering of the finest youth and fairest virgin was made annually to Artemis. The bloody act was abolished, and the milder service of Dionysus introduced in its place.

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