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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 14 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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OENOMAUS, in . Greek legend, son of Ares and Harpinna, king of Pisa in Elis and father of Hippodameia. It was predicted that he should be slain by his daughter's husband. His father, the god Ares-Hippius, gave him winged horses swift as the wind, and Oenomaus promised his daughter to the man who could outstrip him it the chariot race, hoping thus to prevent her marriage altogether. Pelops, by the treachery of Myrtilus, the charioteer of Oenomaus, won the race and married Hippodameia. The defeat of Oenomaus by Pelops, a stranger from Asia Minor, points to the conquest of native Ares worshippers by immigrants who introduced the new religion of Zeus. See Diod. Sic. iv. 73; Pausanias vi. 21, and elsewhere; Sophocles, Electra, 504; Hyginus, Fab. 84. 253. Fig. 33 in article GREEK ART represents the preparations for the chariot race.
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