Abas

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Abas

changed into lizard for mocking Demeter. [Rom. Myth: Metamorphoses, Zimmerman, 1]
See: Mockery
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35) But it is surely significant that in both Ovid's and Antoninus Liberalis's Metamorphoses, the rude boy Ascalabus, who mocked Demeter as she sought Persephone, was punished by being turned into a spotted lizard or newt, to be hated by gods and men.
Alternatively, Dummler connects the statue to the myth of Ascalabus, who ridiculed Demeter, and interprets Apollo as an ephebe punishing or threatening the lizard in the service of the goddess; RE II, 1896, pp.