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Philoctetes

The most famous archer in the Trojan war, to whom Hercules, at death, gave his arrows. He joined the allied Greeks, with seven ships, but in the island of Lemnos, his foot being bitten by a…

Philoclea

in Sidney's Arcadia, is Lady Penelope Devereux, with whom he was in love; but the lady married another, and Sir Philip transferred his affections to Frances, eldest daughter of Sir Francis …

Philomel

or Philomela. (See Nightingale.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894PhilomelusPhiloctetes A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X …

Lemnian Earth

A species of earth of a yellowish-grey colour, found in the island of Lemnos, said to cure the bites of serpents and other wounds. It was called terra sigillata, because it was sealed by th…

Paris

or Alexander. Son of Priam, and cause of the siege of Troy. He was hospitably entertained by Menelaos, King of Sparta; and eloped with Helen, his host's wife. This brought about the siege. …

Classical Mythology: Love and Death

Love and DeathClassical MythologyThe Labors of HeraclesTraining a HeroBeastly Chores: The First Four LaborsEven More Beastly Chores: The Second Four LaborsThe Far Corners of the Earth: The Fin…

Classical Mythology: The End of Heroes

The End of HeroesClassical MythologyAll's Not Fair in Love and War: The Fall of TroyThe Face That Launched a Thousand ShipsThe Final Battles: The Tenth Year of the WarThe End of Heroes The wa…

Greek and Roman Mythology

Most of the Greek deities were adopted by the Romans, although in many cases there was a change of name. In the list below, information is given under the Greek name; the name in parentheses is th…