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Mars is said to have begotten Meleager upon Althaea.—Euripides, in his Meleager.

Septimius Marcellus took to wife one Sylvia, and a great lover of hunting he was. Mars put himself in the habit [p. 467] of a shepherd, whored the new wife and got her with child; which being done, he told her who he was, and gave her a spear, telling her that the fate of the child she went withal was wrapped up in the fate of that spear. . . .

Septimius slew Tuscinus; but Mamercus, in his sacrificing to the Gods for a fruitful season, omitted only Ceres, who in revenge sent a wild boar into his grounds. Whereupon getting a knot of huntsmen together, he killed him, and delivered the head and skin to his sweetheart; but Scymbrates and Muthias, the maid's uncles, took them away from her. Mamercus in a rage killed them upon it, and the mother burned the spear.—Menyllus, in the Third Book of his Italian History.

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