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Monday, April 29, 2013

X is for Xuthus

Better late than never? ;)

This is a challenge to post every day in April (except on Sundays) blogging thematically from A to Z. Go HERE for details. My A-Z theme this year is Greek Mythology inspired by the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan that I recently read.  Please be aware that what I write is my interpretation of my findings and may not necessarily be accurate are straight quotes.
Also, "Featured Book" at the end of these posts are books I've reviewed in this book blog, coinciding with the letter of the day.

I couldn't find an image for Xuthus of Greek mythology so here's an image of Xuthus, a Chinese Yellow Swallowtail butterfly!  :)


  • A son of Hellen by the nymph Orseis, and a brother of Dorus and Aeolus.
  • He was king of Peloponnesus, and the husband of Creusa, the daughter of Erechtheus, by whom he became the father of sons Achaeus and Ion and daughter Diomede
  • Others state that after the death of his father Hellen, Xuthus was expelled from Thessaly by his brothers, and went to Athens, where he married the daughter of Erechtheus.
  • After the death of Erechtheus, Xuthus being chosen arbitrator, adjudged the kingdom to his eldest brother-in-law, Cecrops, in consequence of which he was expelled by the other sons of Erechtheus, and settled at Aegialos in Peloponnesus.
  • According to the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women on the origin of the Greeks, Hellen's three sons Dorus, Xuthus (with his sons Ion and Achaeus) and Aeolus, comprised the set of progenitors of the major ancient tribes that formed the Greek nation.
  • Aiclus and Cothus are sometimes described as being his children.
  • Euripides's play, Ion, provides an unusual alternate version, according to which Xuthus is son of Aeolus and Cyane and Ion has in fact been begotten on Xuthus's wife Creusa by Apollo.
  • Xuthus and Creusa visited the Oracle at Delphi to ask the god if they could hope for a child. Xuthus will later father Dorus with Creusa, though Dorus is normally presented as Xuthus's brother.

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Featured Book:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My Rating: 2.5

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