MEROPS

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1. The father of Eumelus, king of the island of Cos, which he thus called after his daughter, while the inhabitants were called after him, Meropes. His wife, the nymph Ethemea, was killed by Artemis, because she had neglected to worship that goddess, and was carried by Persephone to the lower world. Merops, from a desire after his wife, wished to make away with himself, but Hera changed him into an eagle, whom she placed among the stars. (Hygin. Pöet. Astr. ii. 16; Anton. Lib. 15; Eustath. ad Hom. p. 318 ; Eurip. Helen. 384.)

2. Also called Maerops, a king of the Ethiopians, by whose wife, Clymene, Helios became the father of Phaeton. (Strab. i. p. 33; Ov. Met. i. 763, Trist. iii. 4. 30; comp. Welcker, Die Aeschyl. Tril. p. 572, &c.)

3. A king of Rhindacus, of Percote, on the Hellespont, is also called Macar, or Macareus. He was a celebrated soothsayer and the father of Cleite, Arisbe, Amphius, and Adrastus. (Hom. Il. ii. 831, xi. 329; Apollon. Rhod. i. 975; Strab. xiii. p. 586; Conon, Narrat. 41; Steph. Byz. s. v. Arisbê; Serv. ad Aen. ix. 264; Apollod. iii. 12. §5.)

4. A Trojan, who was slain by Turnus in his attack on the camp of Aeneas. (Virg. Aen. ix. 702.)