(4 syl.). King of Crete, and ally of the Greeks in the siege of
Troy After the city was burnt he made a vow to sacrifice whatever he
first encountered, if the gods granted him a safe return to his
kingdom. It was his own son that he first met, and when he offered him
up to fulfil his vow he was banished from Crete as a murderer. (Homer: Iliad.)
Compare the story of Jephthah in Judges xi.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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