Coroebus

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For the Olympic athlete, see Coroebus of Elis. For the place, see Koroivos.

In Greek mythology, Coroebus (Greek: Κόροιβος) may refer to:

  • Coroebus, son of King Mygdon of Phrygia. He came to the aid of Troy during the Trojan War out of love for Princess Cassandra. During the Sack of Troy, Coroebus convinced some of his fellow soldiers, including Aeneas, to dress in enemy armor to disguise themselves. When he tried to defend Cassandra from rape by Ajax the Lesser, he was killed, either by Peneleos, Diomedes or Neoptolemus.[1][2]
  • Coroebus of Argos, who slew Poene, the personification of punishment sent upon Argos by Apollo in retribution for the deaths of his lover Psamathe and their son Linus. Thereupon Apollo struck the city with plague, which made Coroebus decide to go to Delphi to ask to be punished individually, so that the city didn't have to suffer. The Pythia told him to never return home, but to take up a tripod and carry it until he would drop it, then settle on the spot where it would happen. The tripod slipped out of his hands as he had reached the Geraneian Mountains, where he founded a town known as Tripodiscoi ("Little Tripods"). The tomb of Coroebus was shown in Megara.[3]
  • Coroebus, a defender of Thebes against the Seven, killed by Parthenopaeus.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virgil, Aeneid, 341 - 343
  2. ^ Pausanias, Description Of Greece, 10. 27. 1
  3. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 1. 43. 7 - 8
  4. ^ Statius, Thebaid, 9. 745