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Greek Gods and Goddess: Hypsipyle

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Introduction to Hypsipyle

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 Hypsipyle and the myths and legends surrounding Hypsipyle, Hypsipyle relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Hypsipyle

She was a Lemnian princess, but she was sold into slavery, when all the women of Lemnos had sworn on oath to kill all their men, she saved her father Thoas. She was bought by the king of Nemea, Lycurgus as a nursemaid for his son Opheltes [benefactor]. It came to pass that King Adrastus with a great army came to pass through the area on his way to attack Thebes, and asked if they could water the soldiers and so on. Lycurgus granted their request and sent Hypsipyle to show them the way, she naturally took her charge with her, but she put the boy down momentarily as she showed them to drinking pool. But no sooner had she turned away, when a serpent coiled itself around the child and bit him to death. Adrastus and his men could not reach him intime and could only kill the serpent and bury the boy. Amphiaraus the seer warned that this was a very bad sign, but rather than turn back they insitituted the Nemeans games in Opheltes honour, the judges have since that day worn black or very dark robes in mourning for Opheltes, and the victor's wreath was set with Parsley.

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