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Libya, Whose Son Carries the World


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Libya was a daughter of Epaphus, son of Io and Zeus. Epaphus and Io were identified with Egyptian mythic figures, Apis and Isis. Among the children of Libya was Atlas, who bore on his shoulders the world. She also bore Agenor and Belus, mythical figures in Phoenicia and Egypt.

A queen of the land of Libya was Lamia, one of Zeus's lovers. Hera, jealous, killed the children of this union, and Lamia, in her fury, killed children and devoured men whom she seduced.

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