Monday, September 17, 2012

Trachis under Heracles and Ceyx

Trachis lay in Central Greece - on this map, it's the area marked as "Malis." At its north is Mt. Orthys, scene of the primordial war of Titans and Olympians. To its south is Phocis, associated with Phocus, the son of Aeacus for whom Peleus and Telemon bear blood guilt. Phocis is the land that contains Parnassus and Delphi.

Trachis is also where Heracles and Deianeira lived, and is the setting of Sophocles' Women of Trachis. Mt. Oeta, where the hero built his own funeral pyre, is in the southern part of Trachis.

Ceyx ruled Trachis at the time Peleus arrived, seeking a place to live, but after the wolf appeared, he went on to Iolcus, ruled by Acastus.

Alcyone weeping for loss of Ceyx

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