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[230] Thoas is mentioned again as the contemporary king of Lemnos in 23.745. He is of course not to be confused with the Aitolian leader “Θόας Ἀνδραίμονος υἱός,2.638, etc. Why Lemnos should have been chosen as the spot at which Sleep was to be found we cannot even guess. It is natural to suppose that there was some local cult of Hypnos there, but if so it has left no trace. A solution of the question given by Schol. A is sufficiently characteristic to be quoted. Lemnos was a haunt of Hephaistos, who had married “Χάρις” (18.382). It was therefore a younger sister-in-law of his of whom Hypnos was enamoured (275-76), and his house would be a place to which the amorous god would be likely to resort in order to pay his addresses.

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