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Homeric world (37)

Island

Scheria

The land of the Phaeacians, which, according to most of the scholars, is identified with the island of Corfu (Od. 5.34 & 280, 6.204 & 279).


Kings

Nausithous

He was the son of Poseidon by Periboea, the daughter of Eurymedon, father of Alcinous and Rhexenor (Od. 7.56). He ruled over the Phaeacians, who dwelt at first in Hypereia but they were removed and settled by him in Scheria (Od. 6.7-11).


Nausithoos. The son of Poseidon and Periboea, and father of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians.


Alcinous & Arete

Alcinous, son of Nausithous, grandson of Poseidon and first king of the island of Corcyra (of the Phaeacians), entertained Odysseus after his shipwreck and sent him back to Ithaca. Alcinous had five sons and a daughter, Nausicaa, by Arete, daughter of Rhexinor (Od. 6.12, 7.54-77, 8.118).


Alcinous. A son of Nausithous, and grandson of Poseidon. His name is celebrated in the story of the Argonauts, and still more in that of the wanderings of Odysseus. In the fenner Alcinous is represented as living with his queen Arete in the island of Drepane. The Argonauts, on their return from Colchis, came to his island, and were most hospitably received. When the Colchians, in their pursuit of the Argonauts, likewise arrived in Drepane, and demanded that Medeia should be delivered up to them, Alcinouns declared that if she was still a maiden she should he restored to them, but if she was already the wife of Jason, he would protect her and her husband against the Colchians. The Colchians were obliged, By the contrivance of Arete, to depart without their princess, and the Argonauts continued their voyage homewards, after they had received munificent presents from Alcinous (Apollon. Rhod. iv. 990-1225; Orph. Argon. 1288, &c.; Apollod. i. 9.25, 26). According to Homer, Alcinous is the happy ruler of the Phaeacians in the island of Scheria, who has by Arete five sons and one daughter, Nausicaa (Od. vi. 12, &c., 62, &c.). The description of his palace and his dominions, the mode in which Odysseus is received, the entertainments given to him, and the stories he related to the king about his own wanderings, occupy a considerable portion of the Odyssey (from book vi. to xiii.), and form one of its most charming parts.

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


Arete, the wife of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians. In the Odyssey she appears as a noble and active superintendent of the household of her husband, and when Odysseus arrived in the island, he first applied to queen Arete to obtain hospitable reception and protection. (Hom. Od. vi. 310, vii. 65, &c., 142.) Respecting her connexion with the story of Jason and Medeia, see Alcinous above.


Laodamas

He was a son of the king of Scheria Alcinous (Od. 8.116 etc.).


Laodamas. A son of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians, and Arete, was the favourite of his father. (Hom. Od. vii. 170, viii. 116, &c., 130, 370.)


Heroes

Dymas

A Phaeacian (Od. 6.22).


Elatreus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.111 & 129).


Thoon

A noble of the Phaeacians (Il. 12.140).


Amphialus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.114 & 128).


Acroneus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.111).


Halius

Son of Alcinous (Od. 8.119).


Anchialus

A noble of the Phaeacians, who participated in the games organized by Alcinous in the honour of Odysseus during the staying of the latter in the island (Od. 8.112).


Anabesineus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.113).


Euryalus

A noble of the Phaeacians, son of Naubolus (Od. 8.115).


Clytoneus

Son of Alcinous (Od. 8.119).


Nauteus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.112).


Polybus

A Phaeacian (Od. 8.373).


Polyneus

A noble of the Phaeacians, son of Tecton (Od. 8.114).


Ponteus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.113).


Prymneus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.112).


Proreus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.113).


Rhexenor

A son of Nausithous, brother of Alcinous and father of Arete (Od. 7.63).


Ocyalus

A noble of the Phaeacians (Od. 8.111).


Demodocus

A blind musician, who lived at the court of the Phaeacian king Alcinous (Od. 8.44, 13.27, also see Paus. 1,2,3).


Demodocus, (Demodokos). The famous bard of the Odyssey, who according to the fashion of the heroic ages delighted the guests of king Alcinous during their repast by singing about the feats of the Greeks at Troy, of the love of Ares and Aphrodite, and of the wooden horse. (Od. viii. 62, &c., xiii. 27.) He is also mentioned as the bard who advised Agamemnon to guard Clytaemnestra, and to expose Aegisthus in a desert island. (Od. iii. 267; Eustath. ad Hom.) Eustathius describes him as a Laconian, and as a pupil of Automedes and Perimedes of Argos. He adds that he won the prize at the Pythian games and then followed Agamemnon to Mycenae. One story makes Odysseus recite Demodocus's song about the destruction of Troy during a contest in Tyrrhenia. (Ptolem. Heph. 7.) On the throne of Apollo at Amyclae, Demodocus was represented playing to the dance of the Phaeacians. (Paus. iii. 18.7.) Later writers, who look upon this mythical minstrel as an historical person, describe him as a native of Corcyra, and as an aged and blind singer (Ov. Ib. 272), who composed a poem on the destruction of Troy (Iliou porDesis), and on the marriage of Hephaestus and Aphrodite. (Plut. de Mus. 3; Eudoc.; Phot. Bibl. ed. Bekker.) Plutarch (de Flurm. 18) refers even to the first book of an epic poem on the exploits of Heracles. (Erakleia.) But all such statements are fabulous; and if there existed any poems under his name, they were certainly forgeries.

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


Heroines

Nausicaa

She was the daughter of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians, who found Odysseus shipwrecked and brought him to her father (Od. 6.17 etc., 8.457 etc.).
Polygnotus of Thasos painted Odysseus and Nausicaa.


Nausikaa. A daughter of Alcinous, king of the Phaeacians, and Arete, who conducted Odysseus to the court of her father when he was shipwrecked on the coast of Scheria. The passages in which Nausicaa is introduced are among the most pleasing and graceful of any in Homer.



Other persons

Eurymedusa

She was a slave of the king of the Phaeacians Alcinous and nurse of Nausicaa (Od. 7.8).


Echeneus

Echeneus (Echeneos), the eldest among the nobles of Alcinous in the island of the Phaeacians. (Hom. Od. vii. 155, xi. 341)


Pontonous

The name of a Phaeacian herald (Od. 7.179, 8.65).


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