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Phorbas

Φόρβας).


1.

The son of Lapithes and Orsinomé, and brother of Periphas. The Rhodians, in pursuance of an oracle, are said to have invited him into their island to deliver it from snakes, and afterwards to have honoured him with heroic worship. From this circumstance he was called Ophiuchus, and is said by some to have been placed among the stars (Diod.v. 54). According to another tradition, Phorbas went from Thessaly to Olenos, where Alector, king of Elis, made use of his assistance against Pelops, and shared his kingdom with him. Phorbas then gave his daughter Diogenia in marriage to Alector, and he himself married Hyrminé, a sister of Alector, by whom he became the father of Augeas and Actor. He is also described as a bold boxer, and is said to have plundered the temple of Delphi along with the Phlegyae, but to have been defeated by Apollo.


2.

One of the followers of Aeneas, whose form was assumed by the god of Sleep to deceive Palinurus. (Verg. Aen. v. 842.)

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