Learchus


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Learchus:

see AthamasAthamas
, in Greek mythology, king of Boeotia. He married Nephele, who bore him Phrixus and Helle, but he later fell in love with Ino, who bore him Learchus and Melicertes.
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, in Greek mythology, daughter of Cadmus. She was the wife of Athamas, to whom she bore Learchus and Melicertes. She plotted to kill her stepchildren, Phrixus and Helle, but their mother, Nephele, saved them with the help of a winged ram (see Golden Fleece).
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After Pandora has arranged a tryst with Learchus, her husband Stesias enters and she has to feign loyalty to him: "Go, goe, Learchus, I am Stesiasses." Learchus, bewildered, turns to her and asks, "Art thou?" So Gunophilus has to take him aside and explain that she is just "acting": "No, no, Learchus, she doth but say so" (4.1.239-241).
Athamas (some sources say both Athamas and Ino) was driven mad by Hera, and Athamas (or both) killed one of his sons, Learchus; Ino, perhaps to escape Athamas or perhaps because she herself was mad, threw herself into the sea with her other son, Melicertes.
He also became the father of Learchus and Melicertes by Cadmus ' daughter Ino.