He was son of Pirithous, who was son of Jove himself, for Hippodameia
bore him to Pirithous on the day when he took his revenge on the shaggy mountain savages and drove them from Mt.
14) Also represented were other major figures in the myth: Hippodameia
, Oenomaus' daughter, and Myrtilus, Oenomaus' charioteer.
But bid Autonoe and Hippodameia
to come to me, that they may stand by
Already violated by his surrogate father, Chryssipus was later murdered by his mother Hippodameia
, "the horse tamer.
Kohnken has shown how close this connection is: in his quest for the hand of Hippodameia
, Pelops is assisted in the chariot-race against Oinomaos, by Poseidon, patron god of horsemanship; [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is used for the 'power' bestowed on Hieron by Pherenikos' victory and the 'power' Pelops prays for if Poseidon grants victory to his team (22, 78); and whereas Hieron's victory in the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] opens the ode, Pelops' victory in the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 86b-87) ends the myth and the poet's wishes for Hieron's future victories with the chariot ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], 110) bring the ode to a close.
In "On a Bas-relief of Pelops and Hippodameia
," the moment happens when the waves "cut [the stone] more smoothly than the knife" (1.
Francis Cornford, an influential 20th-century scholar, argued that Pelops, the mythical hero of southern Greece, and Hippodameia
, the daughter of King Oenomaus, were stand-ins for the Sun and Moon in a chariot race that symbolized calendrical congruence and cyclical renewal.
Athenian actor-turned-orator Aeschines, who is known to have played Oenomaus in Euripides' Oenomaus, we can infer that Theodorus played the deuteragonist's role of Hippodameia
in the Oenomaus.
Gazing down from the east pediment were figures of Pelops, Oinomaos, and Hippodameia
the key players in the myth of Pelops's chariot race with Oinomaos (Fig.
1 suggests that Pindar did in fact view pederasty as in some way an initiatory preparation for adult sexual responsibilities: after a pederastic interlude with Poseidon on Olympus, Pelops with Poseidon's help competes for and wins the hand of Hippodameia
, upon whom he fathers a race of heroes.
Further, the legendary wedding party of the Lapith king Peirithous and Hippodameia
includes both male and female guests (the Centaurs become drunk and try to abduct the Lapith women).
According to Pausanias, it was Hippodameia
herself who, in gratitude for her marriage to Pelops, instituted the female games as a festival to Hera by offering a peplos to the goddess--a peplophoria that, at least anagrammatically, suggests that Pelops himself was the figure of that offering.