Horses of Erekhtheus
THE HIPPOI EREKTHEIOI (Horses of Erechtheus) were two immortal horses possessed by the Athenian King Erekhtheus. He received them from Boreas, god of the north-wind, as a bride price for his daughter Oreithyia. The steeds were named Xanthos and Podarkes.
BOREAS & AELLOPOS (Nonnus Dionysiaca 37.155)
XANTHOS, PODARKES (Nonnus Dionysiaca 37.155)
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Nonnus, Dionysiaca 37. 155 ff (trans. Rouse) (Greek epic C5th A.D.) :
"First Erekhtheus (Erechtheus) [king of Athens] brought his horse Xanthos (Bayard) under the yoke, and fastened in his mare Podarkes (Podarces, Swiftfoot); both sired by North-Wind Boreas in winged coupling when he dragged a Sithonian Harpyia (Harpy) Aellopos to himself, and Wind gave them as loveprice to his godfather Erekhtheus when he stole Attic Oreithyia for his bride."
NAMES OF THE HORSES
- Nonnus, Dionysiaca - Greek Epic C5th A.D.
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