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Αίνος). The personification of a dirge or lamentation, and therefore described as a son of Apollo by a Muse (Calliopé, or by Psamathé or Chalciopé) or of Amphimarus by Urania. Both Argos and Thebes claimed the honour of his birth. An Argive tradition related that Linus was exposed by his mother after his birth, and was brought up by shepherds, but was afterwards torn to pieces by dogs. Psamathé's grief at the occurrence betrayed her misfortune to her father, who condemned her to death. Apollo, indignant at the father's cruelty, visited Argos with a plague; and, in obedience to an oracle, the Argives endeavoured to propitiate Psamathé and Linus by means of sacrifices and dirges, which were called lini. According to a Boeotian tradition, Linus was killed by Apollo because he had ventured upon a musical contest with the god. The Thebans distinguished between an earlier and later Linus ; the latter is said to have instructed Heracles in music, but to have been killed by the hero.

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