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Greeks of the Homeric Catalogue of Ships
The Abantes, inhabitants of the island of Euboea, took part in the Trojan War with 40 ships under the leadership of Elephenor (Il. 2.536-546).
Greek leaders in the Trojan War
He was the son of Chalcodon and leader of the Euboeans in the Trojan War (Il. 2.540, 4.462).
Elephenor, a son of Chalcodon, and prince of the Abantes in Euboea, whom he led
against Troy in thirty or forty ships. He there fell by the hand of Agenor. (Hom
Il. ii. 540, iv. 463; Hygin Fab. 97; Dict. Cret. i. 17.) Hyginus calls his mother
Imenarete, and Tzetzes (ad Lycoph. 1029) Melanippe. He is also mentioned among
the suitors of Helen (Apollod. iii. 10.8), and was said to have taken with him
to Troy the sons of Theseus, who had been entrusted to his care. (Plut Thes. 35;
Paus. i. 17.6.) According to Tzetzes, Elephenor, without being aware of it, killed
his grandfather, Abas, in consequence of which he was obliged to quit Euboea.
When therefore the expedition against Troy was undertaken, Elephenor did not return
to Euboea, but assembled the Abantes on a rock on the Euripus, opposite the island.
After the fall of Troy, which, according to some accounts, he survived, he went
to the island of Othronos near Sicily, and, driven away thence by a dragon, he
went to Amantia in Illyria. (Lycophr. 1029,&c.)
This text is from: A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1873 (ed. William Smith). Cited Oct 2005 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- A dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology (ed. William Smith)
Elephenor. The son of Chalcodon and Melanippe, and prince of the Abantes. He was one of the suitors of Helen, and led a force against Troy, before which city he was slain by Agenor.
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
- Elephenor: Perseus Encyclopedia
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Chalcodon & Alcyone
King of Abantes of Euboea and father of Elephenor (Il. 2.541, 4.464).
Chalcodon Alcyone (3): Perseus Project
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