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Spartes

by Micha F. Lindemans

"The Sown." A group of warriors born from the teeth of the Aeionian Dracon. The monster was slain by Cadmus with the help of Athena. Following Athena's instructions, he sowed the teeth and plowed them under. A number of men, armed and fully grown emerged from the earth. Cadmus cast a stone among them and they fell to fighting among themselves, until five were left: Chthonius, Echion, Hyperenor, Pelorus, and Udaeus. They joined Cadmus in the founding of the city of Thebes and are regarded as the ancestors of the Thebans (Bibliotheke III, 22; Metamorphoses III, 101).


Article details:

  • Also known as:
    Sparti
  • Etymology:
    Spartos: sown

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