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Ascalaphus, (Askalaphos). The son of Acheron and Gorgyra or
Orphne. When Pluto gave Persephone (Proserpina) permission to return to the upper
world, provided she had eaten nothing, Ascalaphus declared that she had eaten
part of a pomegranate. Persephone, in revenge, changed him into an owl by sprinkling
him with water from the river Phlegethon.
This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Nov 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks
- Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898)
Ascalaphus (Askalophos), a son of Acheron by Gorgyra (Apollod. i. 5.3) or by Orphne (Ov.
Met. v. 540). Servius (ad Aen. iv. 462) calls him a son of Styx. When Persephone
was in the lower world, and Pluto gave her permission to return to the upper,
provided she had not eaten anything, Ascalaphus declared that she had eaten part
of a pomegranate. Demeter (according to Apollodorus, l. c., ii. 5.12) punished
him by burying him under a huge stone, and when subsequently this stone was removed
by Heracles, she changed Ascalaphus into an owl. According to Ovid, Persephone
herself changed him into an owl by sprinkling him with water of the river Phlegethon.
There is an evident resemblance between the mythus of Ascalabus and that of Ascalaphus.
The latter seems to be only a modification or continuation of the former, and
the confusion may have arisen from the resemblance between the words askalaxos,
a lizard, and askalaphos, an owl.
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)
- Ascalaphus: Perseus Encyclopedia
- Ascalaphus: Perseus Lookup Tool, text search
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