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Greek Gods and Goddess: Asopos

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Introduction to Asopos

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Asopos and the myths and legends surrounding Asopos, Asopos relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Asopos

There are four rivers by this name. in this instant we are talking about the one near Thebes where Semele, mother of Dionysus bathed and caught the eagle eye of Zeus. See under Electryon section, in SV, Heracles the birth and other myths. Asopus is reported to be the father of Antiope, Nycteus was also named as her father. She was famed for her beauty, (if she was a daughter of Asopus, she would have been a naiad, a river nymph, all of the naiads were beautiful, but unfertile and very dangerous to men. She was apparently either seduced, or abducted by Epopeus, or fled to him, after it was reported that Zeus had seduced her, through shame. Either way, she was a bad omen, and Epopeus died from a wound inflicted upon him in the war that followed, when Nycteus tried to rescue Antiope.) see under Nycteus and Epopeus and Antiope for more insight.

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