Cadmean victory

Cadmean victory

A Cadmean victory, from the Greek Kadmeia nike, is a reference to a victory involving one's own ruin , from Cadmus (Greek Kadmos), the legendary founder of Thebes in Boeotia and the mythic bringer of the alphabet to Greece. On seeking to establish the city, Cadmus required water from a spring guarded by a monster snake. He sent his companions to slay the snake, but they all perished. Although Cadmus eventually proved victorious, the victory was at the cost of lives of those who were to benefit from the new settlement.

References

  • Liddell, Henry George (Compiler), Scott, Robert (Compiler), Jones, Henry Stuart (Editor), McKenzie, Roderick, A Greek-English Lexicon, 9th ed., Oxford University Press, New York, 1995
  • Morford, Mark P. O. & Lenardon, Robert J., Classical Mythology, 7th edition, Oxford University Press, New York, 2002
  • Howatson, M. C., (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, New York, 2006
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