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Αλωάδες - Ωτος & Εφιάλτης
Γιοι του Αλωέος ή του Ποσειδώνος και της Ιφιμέδειας. Ηταν και οι δυο γίγαντες, οι οποίοι κρατούσαν επί δεκατρείς μήνες αιχμάλωτο τον Αρη. Οταν δε επιχείρησαν να βάλουν πάνω στον Ολυμπο την Οσσα και πάνω στην Οσσα το Πήλιο για να ανέβουν στον ουρανό, ο Απόλλωνας τους σκότωσε (Ιλ. Ε 385, Οδ. λ 305).
Αλωάδες, γιοι του Αλωέα, οι πρώτοι που θυσίασαν στον Ελικώνα για τις Μούσες, γιοι του Ποσειδώνα, οίκισαν την Ασκρα.
- Otus: Perseus Encyclopedia
- Ephialtes: Perseus Encyclopedia
- Ephialtes+Otus: Perseus Look Up Tool, text search
- Ephialtes+and+Otus: Perseus Encyclopedia
- Aloadae: Perseus Look Up Tool, text search
- Aleuades: Perseus Look Up Tool, text search
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- Aleuadae: Perseus Encyclopedia
Aloadae, Aloeidae, Aloiadae (Aloeidai, Aloiaoai or Aloadai), are patronymic forms
from Aloeus, but are used to designate the two sons of his wife Iphimedeia by
Poseidon: viz. Otus and Ephialtes. The Aloeidae are renowned in the earliest stories
of Greece for their extraordinary strength and daring spirit. When they were nine
years old, each of their bodies measured nine cubits in breadth and twenty-seven
in height. At this early age, they threatened the Olympian gods with war, and
attempted to pile mount Ossa upon Olympus, and Pelion upon Ossa. They would have
accomplished their object, says Homer, had they been allowed to grow up to the
age of manhood; but Apollo destroyed them before their beards began to appear
(Od. xi. 305). In the Iliad (v. 385; comp. Philostr. de Vit. Soph. ii. 1.1) the
poet relates another feat of their early age. They put the god Ares in chains,
and kept him imprisoned for thirteen months; so that he would have perished, had
not Hermes been informed of it by Eriboea, and secretly liberated the prisoner.
The same stories are related by Apollodorus (i. 7.4), who however does not make
them perish in the attempt upon Olympus. According to him, they actually piled
the mountains upon one another, and threatened to change land into sea and sea
into land. They are further said to have grown every year one cubit in breadth
and three in height. As another proof of their daring, it is related, that Ephialtes
sued for the hand of Hera, and Otus for that of Artemis. But this led to their
destruction in the island of Naxos (Comp. Pind. Pyth. iv. 156). Here Artemis appeared
to them in the form of a stag, and ran between the two brothers, who, both aiming
at the animal at the same time, shot each other dead. Hyginus (Fab. 28) relates
their death in a similar manner, but makes Apollo send the fatal stag (Comp. Callim.
Hymn. in Dian. 264; Apollon. Rhod. i. 484, with the Schol). As a punishment for
their presumption, they were, in Hades, tied to a pillar with serpents, with their
faces turned away from each other, and were perpetually tormented by the shrieks
of an owl (Munck, ad Hygin. l. c.; Virg. Aen. vi. 582). Diodorus (v. 50), who
does not mention the Homeric stories, contrives to give to his account an appearance
of history. According to him, the Aloeidae are Thessalian heroes who were sent
out by their father Aloeus to fetch back their mother Iphimedeia and her daughter
Pancratis, who had been carried off by Thracians. After having overtaken and defeated
the Thracians in the island of Strongyle (Naxos), they settled there as rulers
over the Thracians. But soon after, they killed each other in a dispute which
had arisen between them, and the Naxians worshipped them as heroes. The foundation
of the town of Aloeium in Thessaly was ascribed to them (Steph. Byz. s. v.). In
all these traditions the Aloeidae are represented as only remarkable for their
gigantic physical strength; but there is another story which places them in a
different light. Pausanias (ix. 29.1) relates, that they were believed to have
been the first of all men who worshipped the Muses on mount Helicon, and to have
consecrated this mountain to them; but they worshipped only three Muses--Melete,
Mneme and Aoide, and founded the town of Ascra in Boeotia. Sepulchral monuments
of the Aloeidae were seen in the time of Pausanias (ix. 22.5) near the Boeotian
town of Anthedon. Later times fabled of their bones being seen in Thessaly (Philostr.
i. 3). The interpretation of these traditions by etymologies from otheo and aloa,
which has been attempted by modern scholars, is little satisfactory.
This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited April 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith)
- Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Λατρεία των Μουσών
Μελετώντας τις αρχαίες πηγές, εντοπίζουμε ότι οι πρώτες λατρείες των Μουσών ξεκίνησαν στο όρος Ελικών με έδρα την Ασκρα, την οποία ίδρυσαν οι Αλωάδες στους πρόποδες του βουνού, προφανώς γι' αυτό το σκοπό. Η Ασκρα με την άνοδο των Θεσπιών πέρασε στην κυριαρχία τους και σιγά σιγά και οι λατρείες των Μουσών.
Ολες οι πληροφορίες για τις Μούσες βρίσκονται στο όρος Ελικών όπου και ο τόπος λατρείας τους.