Actaeon

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Actaeon n

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Ellobiidae – a synonym of Microtralia, the salt marsh snails.

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Actaeon Changed into a Stag (Dianae aspectu Actaeon in cervum), engraving by Antonio Tempesta

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek Ἀκταίων (Aktaíōn).

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Actaeon

  1. (Greek mythology) Grandson of Cadmus, transformed into a stag by Artemis in book III of Ovid's Metamorphoses.
    • 1979, Eric S. Rabkin, Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories, Oxford University Press (→ISBN), page 62:
      Amid so much prosperity, it was one of his grandsons, Actaeon, who first brought distress to Cadmus, when antlers, foreign to his human shape, sprouted from the youth's forehead, and his hounds gorged themselves on their master's blood.

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