Gods and Heroes of the Greeks: The Library of Apollodorus

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CHAPTER TEN
Pelops' Marriage with Hippodamia; His Sons, Atreus and Thyestes; Thyestes' Banquet; Aegisthus, Son of Thyestes; Agamemnon and Menelaus, Sons of Atreus, and Their Marriages with Clytemnestra and Helen (Epitome 2)

EPIT. 2 Tantalus is punished in Hades in two ways: A rock hangs over him threatening to fall, and he stands in a lake beside which grow fruit trees with branches extending to his shoulders. The water touches his cheeks, but when he wishes to take a drink it dries up. Whenever he wishes to eat some of the fruit, the branches rise on winds up to the clouds. He is punished in this way, some say, because he tattled to men the mysteries of the gods and because he shared ambrosia with his friends1

Broteas, a hunter, failed to honor Artemis and even claimed that he could not be harmed by fire. He then went insane and hurled himself into a fire.2

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Pelops, who was slaughtered and cooked at the banquet of the gods, was handsomer than before when he was restored to life. Because of his unusual beauty he became Poseidon's lover and received from him a winged chariot which could be driven through the sea without wetting its axles.

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Oenomaus, king of Pisa, had a daughter, Hippodamia, who remained unmarried | either because her father was in love with her, as some say, or | because he had received an oracle that he would die at the hands of the man who married her. He could not persuade her to make love with him and he killed her suitors. For he had weapons and horses from Ares and had offered marriage with his daughter as a prize to any suitor who could take Hippodamia in a chariot and flee as far as the Isthmus of Corinth. Fully armed, Oenomaus would immediately set off in pursuit, intending to kill the suitor if he caught him. The one who escaped was to have Hippodamia as his wife. In this way he had killed many suitors | or, as some say, twelve | . He had cut off their heads and had nailed them to his house.

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Pelops also came seeking to marry Hippodamia. When she saw how

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