Broteas (son of Tantalus)

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Broteas ( Greek  Βροτέας ) is a person of Greek mythology .

He is the son of Tantalus and Euryanassa and brother of Niobe and Pelops and thus one of the cursed tantalids . According to Pausanias he is the father of a son also called Tantalus , the first husband of Clytaimnestra , who is usually mentioned as the son of Thyestes . With Pseudo-Apollodorus he is a hunter, but despises the hunting goddess Artemis and claims that fire cannot harm him, which is why he delusionally throws himself into the fire and burns there.

In his work, Pausanias describes the image of a mother goddess, which is known today as the rock relief of Manisa . He says that the Magnesians saw Broteas as its builder.

In Ovid's Ibis , a Broteas is also mentioned who found his death in the fire, the reason given for this is his longing for death ( cupidine mortis ). Scholia at this point interpret the phrase cupidine mortis to the effect that he was a son of Zeus who blinded him for his wickedness. The mythographer Natale Conti (1520–1582) gives Minerva and Vulcanus as his parents, the reason for the self-immolation was his ugliness.


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  1. Scholion to Euripides Orestes 5. In: Mantissa Proverbiorum II 94.
  2. ^ Pausanias , 2, 22, 3.
  3. ^ Pausanias, 2, 18, 2.
  4. ^ Pseudo-Apollodor , Epitome 2, 16.
  5. ^ Pseudo-Apollodor, Epitome 2, 2.
  6. Pausanias, 3, 22, 4.
  7. Ovid , Ibis 515 f.
  8. Natale Conti, Mythologiae sive explicationis fabularum libri decem 2, 6.