Aepytus


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Aepytus

Arcadian king; entering Poseidon’s sanctuary, forbid-den to mortals, he is blinded. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 9]
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5) In the subject itself, Merope learns the identity of her sleeping son, Aepytus, just as she is approaching him with an axe because she thinks the disguised visitor is her son's murderer.
Egisthe, Voltaire's Aepytus, leaves the stage "without exchanging a word with his mother.
However, Merope's son, Aepytus, enters the promised land, destroys the enemy, and assumes his birthright by essentially supplanting the father.