Phlegyas

Phlegyas

Phlegyas, son of Ares and Chryse, was king of the Lapiths in Greek mythology. He was the father of Ixion and Coronis, one of Apollo's lovers. While pregnant with Asclepius, Coronis fell in love with Ischys, son of Elatus. A crow informed Apollo of the affair and he sent his sister, Artemis, to kill Coronis. Apollo rescued the baby though and gave it to the centaur Chiron to raise. Phlegyas was irate and torched the Apollonian temple at Delphi and Apollo killed him. In Book VI of the Aeneid, Phlegyas is said to have imposed a powerful tyrant upon the Lapiths, to have changed laws when given bribes and to have raped Coronis himself, despite his anger at Apollo for having done so. Phlegyas was consumed by envy and, cutting off his middle toe, cast it into the fires of hell to lay by his widowed Chlo'one. In the Divine Comedy Phlegyas ferries Virgil and Dante across the river Styx. Phlegyas was the mythical ancestor of the Phlegyans.


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