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Greek Gods and Goddess: Phrixus

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Introduction to Phrixus

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

About Phrixus

He was a son of the Boeotian king, Athamas [high reaper] and Nephele [the goddess of clouds], his second wife Ino, [she who makes sinewy] who it was pretended was at first mortal was later called Ino Leucothea (the white goddess) I suspect she was a personification of the moon, as Virgo. Anyway, Ino hated Athamas's children, Phrixus, Leucon [white] and Helle by Nephele and devised a cunning plan to have Phrixus killed. Firstly, she roasted the seed that had been kept for the next year sowing. The local people and farmers fearing a famine sent men to consult the oracle, but then put the second part of her plan into action, and bribed them to say that the oracular had said that Phrixus should be sacrificed. After they reported this Athamas reluctantly agreed to it. But before the sacrifice could be made Nephele sent a flying golden ram to rescue Phrixus and his sister Helle; unfortunately, Helle fell off and drowned and the sea where she fell was named Hellespont in her honour. Phrixus survived though and came to Aeetes kingdom, where he sacrificed the Ram to Zeus. Aeetes welcomed him and gave him his daughter Chalciope [brazen face] in marriage, and she bore him several children named as, Argus [bright hound], Phrontis [care], Cytisorus [clover season], Melas [black]and possibly Presbon [right of inheritance]. In gratitude for Aeetes kindness, he gave him the Golden Fleece from the ram and Aeetes hung in from a tree in the sacred grove of Ares, which was within his kingdom.

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