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In Greek mythology, Epidotes (Epidôtês) was a divinity who was worshipped at Lacedaemon, and averted the anger of Zeus Hicesius for the crime committed by the Spartan general Pausanias.[1]

Epidotes, which means the "liberal giver," occurs also as an epithet of other divinities, such as Zeus at Mantineia and Sparta,[2] and of Hypnos at Sicyon, who had a statue in the temple of Asclepius there, which represented him in the act of sending a lion to sleep,[3] and lastly of the beneficent gods, to whom a second-century senator, Antoninus, built a sanctuary at Epidaurus.[4]



  1. ^ Paus. iii. 17. § 8. (cited by Schmitz)
  2. ^ Pausanias viii. 9. § 1; Hesych. s. v. (cited by Schmitz)
  3. ^ Pausanias ii. 10. § 3 (cited by Schmitz)
  4. ^ Pausanias ii. 27. § 7. (cited by Schmitz)