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Mythology & Beliefs: Phrixos
In Greek and Roman Mythology, Phrixos was the brother of Helle; carried by ram of Golden Fleece to Colchis.

Phrixus in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (*Fri/cos), a son of Athamas and Nephele or of Athamas and Themisto (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. 2.1144), and brother of Helle, and a grandson of Aeolus (Apollon. 2.1141). In consequence of the intrigues of his stepmother, Ino (others state that he offered himself), he was to be sacrificed to Zeus; but Nephele removed him and Helle, and the two then rode away on the ram with the golden fleece, the gift of Hermes, through the air. According to Hyginus (Hyg. Fab. 3), Phrixus and Helle were thrown by Dionysus into a state of madness, and while wandering about in a forest, they were removed by Nephele. Between Sigeum and the Chersonesus, Helle fell into the sea which was afterwards called after her the Hellespont; but Phrixus arrived in Colchis, in the kingdom of Aeetes, who gave him his daughter Chalciope in marriage (comp. Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. 2.1123, 1149). Phrixus sacriticed the rain which had carried him, to Zeus Phyxius or Laphystius (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. 2.653; Paus. 1.24.2), and gave its skin to Aeetes, who fastened it to an oak tree in the grove of Ares. By Chalciope Phrixus became the father of Argus, Melas, Phrontis, Cytisorus, and Presbon (Apollod. 1.9.1; Hyg. Fab. 14; Paus. 9.34.5; Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. 2.1123 ; Tzetz. ad Lyc. 22; Diod. 4.47). Phrixus died in old age in the kingdom of Aeetes, or, according to others, he was killed by Aeetes in consequence of an oracle (Apollon. 2.1151 ; Hyg. Fab. 3), or he returned to Orchomenus, in the country of the Minyans. (Paus. 9.34.5 ; comp. ATHAMAS ; JASON.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

Phrixus in Wikipedia In Greek mythology, Phrixus (Greek: Φρίξος, Phrixos) or Phryxus was the son of Athamas, king of Boiotia, and Nephele (a goddess of clouds). His twin sister Helle and he were hated by their stepmother, Ino. Ino hatched a devious plot to get rid of the twins, roasting all of Boeotia's crop seeds so they would not grow. The local farmers, frightened of famine, asked a nearby oracle for assistance. Ino bribed the men sent to the oracle to lie and tell the others that the oracle required the sacrifice of Phrixus and Helle. Before they were killed, though, Phrixus and Helle were rescued by a flying, or swimming,[1] ram with golden wool sent by Nephele, their natural mother; their starting point is variously recorded as Halos in Thessaly and Orchomenus in Boeotia. During their flight Helle swooned, fell off the ram and drowned in the Dardanelles, renamed the Hellespont (sea of Helle), but Phrixus survived all the way to Colchis, where King AeŰtes, the son of the sun god Helios, took him in and treated him kindly, giving Phrixus his daughter, Chalciope, in marriage. In gratitude, Phrixus sacrificed the ram to Zeus and gave the king the golden fleece of the ram, which AeŰtes hung in a tree in the holy grove of Ares in his kingdom, guarded by a dragon that never slept. Phrixus and Chalciope had four sons, who later joined forces with the Argonauts. The oldest was Argos. - Wikipedia

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