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Cephalus


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A famous mythical hunter known to the Epic Cycle. His cult is known only in Attica. He married Procris daughter of Erechtheus, but was abducted by Eos, by whom he had a son. On returning to his wife, he disguised himself in order to test her fidelity, but found it wanting. Procris fled in shame to Crete, but on her return she tried the same trick, with the same result. Cephalus accidentally killed her when she was spying on him as he went hunting, and was brought to trial at the Areopagus by her father. Exiled from Attica, he took part with his inescapable hound in the hunt of the Teumessian fox, and finally went to Cephallēnia.

Subjects: Religion — Classical Studies.


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