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Alpheus

(ălfē`əs), river god: see ArethusaArethusa
, in Greek mythology, nymph favored by Artemis and loved by the river god Alpheus. While Arethusa was bathing in his stream, Alpheus rose up and tried to abduct her, but she fled under the ocean to the isle of Ortygia. There Artemis changed her into a fountain.
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Alpheus

(ălfē`əs) or

Alfiós

(älfēôs`), river, c.70 mi (110 km) long, rising in the Taygetus Mts., S Greece. The longest river in the Peloponnesus, it flows northwest through gorges, past Olympia, and onto the Olympia plains before entering the Ionian Sea. In Greek mythology, its waters were said to pass under the sea and to emerge at Syracuse (Italy) in the fountain of Arethusa. Hercules, to clean the stables of Augeas, turned the Alpheus through them. It is the river Alph of Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan. The lower Alpheus was formerly known as Rouphia.
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Alpheus

hunter pursuing Arethusa is turned into a river. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 26]

Alpheus

river god. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 18]
See: Water
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[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 45 And chestnut-maned Pherenikos, along the wide-eddying Alpheos, a colt as swift as a storm, was seen winning by golden-armed Dawn, and in divine Pytho too; and I touch the earth and proclaim: never yet has the dust from leading horses in a contest dirtied him as he sprinted to the finish; for with a rush like the North Wind, and looking after his steersman he speeds, preparing a newly-applauded victory for hospitable Hieron.
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] White-armed Kalliope, halt your well-made chariot here: sing of Zeus, son of Kronos, Olympian, ruler of the gods, and of the unwearied stream, Alpheos, and of Pelops' power, and of Pisa, where the famous Pherenikos with his hooves won in the race and came to well-towered Syracuse, bringing to Hieron the leaf of good fortune.