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Μέλης), an Athenian, who was beloved by Timagoras, but refused to listen to him, and ordered him to leap from the rock of the acropolis. Timagoras, who was only a metoikos at Athens, did as he was bid; but Meles, repenting of his cruel command, likewise threw himself from the rock; and the Athenians from that time are said to have worshipped Anteros, as the avenger of Timagoras. (Paus. 1.30.1.)

Meles is also the god of the river Meles, near Smyrna; and this river-god was believed by some to have been the father of Homer. (Vit. Script. Graec. p. 27, ed. Westermann.)


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