Philammon

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In Greek mythology, Philammon was the son of Chione and Apollo.[1] Some say his mother was Leuconoe, daughter of Eosphoros,[2] or Philonis, daughter of either Deion[3] or of Eosphoros and Cleoboea.[4] He was an excellent musician, a talent he received from his father. By Argiope, a nymph of Mount Parnassos, he had two children, Eumolpus and Thamyris.[5][6]

Philammon was said to have established the tradition of the hymns celebrating the births of Leto, Artemis and Apollo, written by himself, being performed by choruses of girls at Delphi.[7] He was the second winner of the most ancient singing contest at Delphi, after Chrysothemis and before his son Thamyris.[8] Some ascribe to him the foundation of the Lernaean mysteries.[9] He was also reported to have been among the Argonauts.[10]

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  1. ^ Ovid, Metamorphoses, XI, 317.
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 161
  3. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 200
  4. ^ Conon, Narrations, 7
  5. ^ Bibliotheca 1. 3. 3.
  6. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 4. 33. 3
  7. ^ Pseudo-Plutarch, De Musica, 3
  8. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 10. 7. 2
  9. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2. 37. 2
  10. ^ Scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1. 23

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