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Acontius (əkŏnˈshəs) [key], in Greek mythology, young man who loved Cydippe. He met her at a festival of Artemis and threw before her an apple inscribed, "I swear by the temple of Artemis to marry Acontius." She read the inscription aloud. The goddess accepted her words as an oath and brought about the marriage of the lovers.

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