The family of Deucalion and the hunt for the Calydonian boar

Authored by: Robin Hard

The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138652606
eBook ISBN: 9781315624136
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Chapters 17 and 18 consider two great Panhellenic adventures that related to another great family, the Deucalionids. Chapter 17 begins by examining the origin of that family and offering a brief survey of the lines that were descended from it in different parts of Greece. After examining the mythology of Aiolos, Doros, Achaios, and Ion and their families, and surveying the general history of the family, the chapter concentrates thereafter on the Eleian and Aetolian branches of it, the only really notable figure in the former branch being Endymion. All the most important stories in Aetolian heroic legend are connected with Oineus, king of Calydon, and his son Meleager, who led the hunt for the Calydonian boar. A full account is offered of this Panhellenic adventure, which attracted leading heroes from every part of Greece and led to the death of Meleager, and the chapter concludes by considering the later life of Oineus and the subsequent history of his line.

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