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Headword: Ἡσιόνη
Adler number: eta,584
Translated headword: Hesione
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A [feminine] proper name.
Greek Original:
Ἡσιόνη: ὄνομα κύριον.
Note:
That of at least three female figures in Greek mythology (see OCD(4) s.v): (1) an Oceanid, wife of Prometheus; (2) wife of Nauplius and mother of Palamedes and others; and most importantly (3) a Trojan princess, daughter of Laomedon and (therefore) sister to his son Podarces/Priam. When Hesione was about to be sacrificed to a sea monster, sent by Poseidon to the lands surrounding Troy, Heracles killed the monster and rescued the princess. The story is also linked to the origins of the Trojan War: after having saved Hesione, Heracles sacked Troy and killed Laomedon, giving the princess to Telamon, who took her to Hellas (where she gave birth to their son Teucer). Some see, in the Achaeans' refusal to give Hesione back, the reason for Paris being sent to abduct Helen.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; mythology; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 August 2005@06:46:22.
Vetted by:
Antonella Ippolito (added note; set status) on 25 August 2005@22:30:48.
David Whitehead (augmented note; added a keyword) on 26 August 2005@04:16:05.
David Whitehead on 31 July 2011@07:27:50.
David Whitehead on 3 August 2014@06:18:46.

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