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Thereafter the doings of the child, like the love»story itself, more properly
belonged to heroic saga. A son born to Zeus by a mortal woman was only a
demigod, like Herakles; or else, in the case of twins su as Kastor and Polydeukes
, only one of them was immortahélerakles, it is true, finally achieved immortality.
But he was certainly not a mortal hero in the original form of the story: as a
Daktylos he must have had a divine mother. Similarly, most of the love»stories
concerning Zeus ...
... were not the only twins in our mythology. The statement that this pair was, in
respect of one half of it, subject to death—that is to say, associated with the
Underworld—does not conflict with the statement that they were both divine
beings. Never» theless their deeds belong much more to heroic saga than to
mythology. Other pairs of twins who were originally divine —such as the
Apharides Idas and Lynkeus, the adversaries of the Dioskouroi—have passed
completely into heroic saga.
The most famous of these was Memnon,648 who came to Troy fitom the eastern
land of the Sun, Ethiopia, to aid his father's family, and who fell by the hand of
Achilleus: a tragic episode of heroic saga, which is said to have plunged the
goddess into deep grief. A magnificent vase»painting shows her weeping for her
dead son. Eos's great love for handsome youths, whom she used to carry off by
force, so greatly dominated the tales concerning her that it was even asserted649
that her ...
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67. The Gods of the Greeks by Karl Kerényi translation: from German by Norman Cameron published: 1951 format: 286 page paperback (1994 reprint of 1979 edition) acquired: March read: Nov 5-12 rating: 4 ... Read full review
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~ Kerenyi has often been tarred with a Jungian brush, but in this early and independent work, he admirably displays his intimate knowledge of the language, art and traditions of the Greek peoples. He ... Read full review
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