Definitions for aidoneus

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word aidoneus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pluto, Hades, Aides, Aidoneus(noun)

    (Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone

Freebase

  1. Aidoneus

    Aidoneus was a mythical king of the Molossians in Epirus, who is represented as the husband of Persephone. After Theseus, with the assistance of Pirithous, had carried off Helen and concealed her at Aphidnae, he went to Epirus to procure for Pirithous Kore, the daughter of Aidoneus, as a reward. This king thinking the two strangers were well-meaning suitors, offered the hand of his daughter to Pirithous, on condition that he should fight and conquer his dog, which bore the name of Cerberus. But when Aidoneus discovered that they had come with the intention of carrying off his daughter, he had Pirithous killed by Cerberus, and kept Theseus in captivity, who was afterwards released at the request of Heracles. Eusebius calls the wife of Aidoneus a daughter of queen Demeter, with whom he had eloped. It is clear that the story about Aidoneus is nothing but the sacred legend of Hades' rape of Persephone, dressed up in the form of a real-world history, and is undoubtedly the work of a late interpreter, or rather destroyer, of genuine ancient myths.

Translation

Find a translation for the aidoneus definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these aidoneus definitions with the community:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"aidoneus." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Apr. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/aidoneus>.

Are we missing a good definition for aidoneus?


The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network


Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for aidoneus: