Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἀκταίων [Aktaíōn], Latin Actaeon)

A. Myth

A. is the son of Aristaeus and Autonoë, herself daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia. A. is a passionate hunter. The Centaur Chiron has taught him the art of hunting (Apollod. 3,4,4). One day, out hunting as usual on Mount Cithaeron, he is pursued by his own hounds (up to fifty of them: Apollod. 3,4,4; Hyg. Fab. 181; Ov. Met. 3,206–224) and dismembered. Different traditions suggest the reasons for this killing. Some (e.g. Acusilaus in Apollod. 3,4,4) say that A. wooed Semele, the lover of Zeus an…

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Moog-Grünewald, Maria, “Actaeon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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