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progenitor of a host of nations. [O.T.: Genesis 17:3–6]
first man and progenitor of humanity. [O.T.: Genesis 5:1–5]
great god of Celts; father of Danu. [Celtic Myth.: Parrinder, 68; Jobes, 405]
embittered by the death of his young son, neglects his daughter. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
deprives himself of his wealth in order to ensure good marriages for his two daughters. [Fr. Lit.: Balzac Pere Goriot in Magill I, 271]
Priam, King of Troy
dead for sixteen years, he is allowed to return from Heaven for a day, and attempts to please the daughter he had never seen. [Hung. Drama: Molnar Liliom in Magill I, 511]
fathered fifty children, among them Hector, Paris, Troilus, and Cassandra. [Gk. Lit.: Iliad]
pious dairyman concerned with marrying off his seven beautiful daughters. [Yid. Lit.: Tevye’s Daughters; Am. Musical: Fiddler on the Roof in On Stage, 468]
Zeus (Jupiter, Jove)
the first man; the father of mankind. [Polynesian Legend: How the People Sang the Mountains Up, 85]
“Father of the gods and men”; had many legitimate and illegitimate children. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Benét, 1115; Bulfinch, Ch. I]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.