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Teucer and Idomeneus were not only famous for their prowess at Troy; they were also remembered by other poets for reversals of fortune they subsequently experienced.
In addition to his valor at Troy, Idomeneus was remembered as Deiphobus' rival for the love of Helen, and for having difficulties returning to Crete which resulted in his having to sacrifice his son and in his consequent exile and flight to Italy (cf.
286 Zenodotus wrongly understood [Characters Omitted] to mean "second" instead of "last" and that, since Menelaus was one of the last to return home, the critic was forced to replace Menelaus with the more prompt Idomeneus.
Septimius during the fourth century,(18) Dictys, though agreeing on the whole with the account in the Epic Cycle, puts much more emphasis on the role of Crete: Atreus is the son of Minos, and he dies in Crete; Menelaus is in Crete when Paris visits Sparta and abducts Helen; Orestes seeks refuge with Idomeneus in Crete and leaves from there for Athens and Phocis, eventually to avenge his father; Menelaus stops in Crete with Helen on his return from Egypt and is informed of Orestes' situation; Idomeneus later reconciles a difference between Menelaus and Orestes, and Menelaus then promises Orestes his daughter Hermione.
Yet it would be remiss not to consider the possibility that just as we have in Euripides' Electra and Iphigenia at Aulis an ancient but non-Homeric version of the tale of Achilles' armor,(20) and just as we have in Rhesus an ancient but non-Homeric version of the Rhesus myth of Iliad 10,(21) so do we have in Dictys at least a vestige of an ancient but non-Homeric version of the Odyssey in which Crete played a larger part, a version in which Odysseus fell into the hands of Phoenician pirates and ended up in Crete for an extended visit with Idomeneus during his return.
Idomeneus and Meriones: The Cretan Lies of Odyssey 13-19.
Territoriality by the dawn 's early light: The neotropical owl butterfly Caligo idomeneus (Nymph: Brassolinae).
After Idomeneus slaughters Othryoneus and Asios, Deiphobos aims at him but misses and wounds Hypsenor, over whom he boasts that he has avenged Asios.
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