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Taras
(1,524 words)

(Τάρας/Táras).

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[1] Son of Poseidon and a South-Italian nymph

Son of Poseidon and a South-Italian nymph (Paus. 10,10,8), or son of Heracles [1] (Serv. Aen. 3,551); hero and eponym of the town of Taranto (cf. T. [2]) and of its river. He is considered to be the founder (Paus. l.c.), or at least the patron (Serv. l.c.) of Taranto. On a coin from Taranto, he is represented as a boy reaching out for Poseidon; the image of a dolphin rider app…

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Goldhahn, Tobias, Muggia, Anna (Pavia) and Toral-Niehoff, Isabel (Freiburg), “Taras”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1200510>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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