|Patroklus, glory of the father
||[Apr. 4th, 2005|09:35 pm]
We're Classicists and we're bitter...
This isn't really ranting as much as it is...well, all of my real friends are sick of hearing about Homeric epics.
Abderos: Geliebter des Herakles, Bewacher der menschenfressenden Stuten des Diomedes II.
Abderos. Son of Hermes? Poseideon? or Menoetius? and Thronie/Thronia, brother of Patroclus. Why, in the name of all things holy, was he not given more explanation in The Illiad - or anything else, for that matter? A prince, a son of a god, namesake for a town, Herakles's eromenos, and brother to Achilles's erastes (argue this point elsewhere). I mean, crap. I can't believe that I've never heard of him before this. Oh! And Patroklus has a cousin that's also a son of Ares?
That's beautiful. It's not surprising, seeing how closely noble houses intermarry anyway, and yes, most people mentioned in Greek mythology are god-spawn...but...argh!
If ANYONE knows of ANY other kin to Patroklus, or any other juicy details about his life, please please please don't withold them.
This is what I sorta know, genealogically:
King Actor of Opus in Locris
fathered: Menoetius (son) and Astyoche (daughter)
Menoetius + Thronia/Thronie
parents of: Abderos (son), Patroklus (son)
Astyoche + Ares
parents of: Ascalaphus (son) <---King of Orchomenus, Achaean, cut down by Deiphobus while protecting Idomenes from Aeneas (Illiad book XIII)
Also found a claim by Ptolemy Hephaestion that Patroklus was, according to Homer, the first horseman, and beloved of Poseidon. Okay, that just sounds looney, but I'm willing to believe it if A) someone can provide citational evidence, and B) we forgo any attempt at chronology, accepting the mythology with all of it's anachronisms.