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Lord of rats, Apollo Smintheus

  • 23 marzo 2020
Lord of rats, Apollo Smintheus

LORD OF RATS Smintheus Apollo was invoked for the first time in Homeric Iliad book I by the priest Crise.   Polemon gave the following explanation of the origin of the Smintheus epithet ("Scholia palaia te, kai panu ophelima eis ten tou Omerou Iliada", I, 8): in Crisa, a city of Misia in the Troad, there was a source sacred to Apollo. The god, irate with local priest Criside for its covering, sent mice to his fields to ruin the crops. Afterwards, he was taken by the wish of reconciling with...

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