Xuthus

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Xuthus

Xuthus (zo͞oˈthəs): see Creusa (1); Hellen.
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After exposure to Doody's debunking exercise, the heroic status of Herodotus' mythologised Kleobis and Biton, for instance, will be implicitly questioned; readers will be more susceptible to the possibility that Euripides' Xouthos has a comical side (if not that he is in fact a tomb-maker!); a re-reading of the prooimion of Hesiod's Theogony will always remind one of its adaptation on the first page of Aristotle and poetic justice.
Xouthos now arrives from the adjacent sanctuary of Trophonios with the oracle that neither he nor Kreousa will return home childless (408-09).
When Xouthos invites his new-found son to Athens as royal successor (576-77), however, the latter is less than enthusiastic, especially in view of the childless Kreousa's expected jealousy (607-15).
She confirms that Apollo is Ion's father (1560-61), but orders Kreousa not to disillusion Xouthos about his assumed paternity (1601-02) and explains that Apollo wasn't responsible for his own plan, as described by Hermes in the prologue, going haywire.