SALMONEUS , inGreek
See also:mythology, son of
See also:Aeolus (
See also:king of
See also:Magnesia in
See also:Thessaly, the mythic ancestor of the Aeolian
See also:grandson of Hellen and
See also:brother of
See also:Sisyphus . He removed to Elis, where he built the
See also:town of Salmone, and became ruler of the
See also:country . His subjects were ordered to worship him under the name of
See also:Zeus; he built a
See also:bridge of brass, over which he drove at full
See also:speed in his chariot to imitate
See also:thunder, the effect being heightened by dried skins and caldrons trailing behind, while torches were thrown into the air to represent
See also:lightning . At last Zeus smote him with his thunderbolt, and destroyed the town (
See also:Apollodorus i . 9 . 7;
See also:Hyginus, Fab . 6o, 61;
See also:Strabo viii. p . 356; Manilius, Astronom . 5, 91; Virgil, Aen. vi . 585, with
See also:Heyne's excursus) .
See also:Joseph Warton's idea that the
See also:story is introduced by Virgil as a protest against the
See also:custom of deification is not supported by the general
See also:tone of the Aeneid itself . According to Frazer (Early
See also:History of the Kingship, 1905; see also
See also:Golden Bough, i., 1900, p .
82), the early Greek
See also:kings, who were expected to produce
See also:rain for the benefit of the crops, were in the
See also:habit of imitating thunder and lightning in the character of Zeus . At Crannon in Thessaly there was a
See also:bronze chariot, which in
See also:time of drought was shaken and prayers offered for rain (Antigonus of Carystus, Historiae mirabiles, 15) . S .
See also:Reinach (Revue archeologique, 1903, i . 154) suggests that the story that Salmoneus was struck by lightning was due to the misinterpretation of a picture, in which a Thessalian magician appeared bringing down lightning and rain from
See also:heaven; hence arose the idea that he was the victim of the anger or
See also:jealousy of Zeus, and that the picture represented his punishment .
GEORGE SALMON (1819-1904)
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