Erysichthon


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Erysichthon

condemned by Demeter to perpetual insatiety. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 93]
See: Hunger
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Classical Greek mythology takes you into the company of the likes of Erysichthon, a King so hungry that he resorts to dining on himself; blood-suckers roam wild in the Caribbean and Southern States; while our own urban legends are (salt and) peppered with jocular axe wielders seeking out the jugulars of young lovers.
Other narrators provide critical commentary to increase our moral understanding of the play: referring to an avaricious, self-centered individual, Erysichthon, the storyteller notes, "The emptiness within him was unappeasable.
Erysichthon heedlessly cuts down a tree sacred to the goddess Ceres who sends an emissary to Scythia to seek out Famine to punish him.