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Lami Laestrygonis, of Lamus, son of Neptune, a former king of the Laestrygones, a race of giant ogres and cannibals (the name is connected with “λάμος”, ‘maw,’ and lamia: see Wilkins on A.P. 340), whose country was fixed in later times in Sicily, or on the coast of Latium about Formiae, which he was said to have founded. Ovid says nothing as to the locality, there being an obvious difficulty in making Macareus relate the adventure close to Formiae at Caieta, which is afterwards called by Silius (viii. 531) regnata Lamo Caieta. The noble family of the Lamiae was fancifully supposed to be descended from him ( Hor. C. III. xvii. 1), and Virgil introduces a Rutulian chief of the name ( Aen.IX. 334). For the narrative see Hom. Od.X. 80-132.
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