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Latinus

Latinus from Guillaume Rouillé's Promptuarii Iconum Insigniorum
Latinus in Council, print by Wenceslas Hollar, 1607-1677

Latinus (Latin: Lătīnŭs; Ancient Greek: Λατῖνος) was a figure in both Greek and Roman mythology.

Contents

  • Greek mythology 1
  • Roman mythology 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Sources 5

Greek mythology

In Hesiod's Theogony,[1] Latinus was the son of Odysseus and Circe who ruled the Tyrsenoi, presumably the Etruscans, with his brothers Ardeas and Telegonus. Latinus is also referred to, by much later authors, as the son of Pandora II and brother of Graecus,[2] although according to Hesiod, Graecus had three brothers, Hellen, Magnitas, and Macedon, with the first being the father of Doros, Xuthos, and Aeolos.

Roman mythology

In later Latium. His wife Amata wished his daughter Lavinia to be betrothed to Turnus, king of the Rutuli, but Faunus and the gods insisted that he give her instead to Aeneas; consequently, Turnus declared war on Aeneas and was killed two weeks into the conflict. Ascanius, the son of Aeneas, later founded Alba Longa and was the first in a long series of kings leading to Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome all the way down to Julius Caesar.

This version is not compatible with the Greek one: the Trojan War had ended only eight years earlier, and Odysseus only met Circe a couple of months later, so any son of the pair could only be seven years old, whereas the Roman Latinus had an adult daughter by then.

See also

References

  1. ^ Lines 1011–1016.
  2. ^ . "Zeus" (1997).Greek Mythology LinkParada, Carlos.

Sources

Legendary titles
New creation king of the Aborigines
1217-1180 BC
Succeeded by
Aeneas
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