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By Carlos Parada, author of Genealogical Guide to Greek Mythology

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Lemnos

 

Lemnos

 

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Lemnos is an island in the northern Aegean Sea. The people of Lemnos are called Lemnians but the island's first inhabitants were the Thracian Sinties or Sintians. Some say that these Sintians were the same as the Saii who lived in Samos in earlier times and also held the adjacent mainland

It is said that Hephaestus was lame in his legs because he fell on Lemnos when Zeus cast him out of heaven, but there he was taken care by the Sintians. For this reason the island was sacred to Hephaestus. Also his sons and daughters by Cabiro, a Thracian woman daughter of Proteus 2, the so called CABIROI and the NYMPHS CABIROIDES, were honoured here and sacred rites were instituted for them.

When the ARGONAUTS came to Lemnos, in their way to Colchis, they found out that all males had been killed. The Lemnian women decided to kill their husbands and all men in Lemnos because of their having taken Thracian wives. So the king, Thoas 3, was deposed and should have been killed when the Lemnian women killed their husbands, but his daughter Hypsipyle secretly spared him and hid him, and later he fled to Tauris. Hypsipyle was queen of Lemnos when the ARGONAUTS arrived to the island and she fell in love with their captain Jason. But later, when the other women learned that Hypsipyle had spared his father, they sold her as a slave and killed Thoas 3. Years later the SEVEN, while marching through Nemea against Thebes, learn from her the way to a spring. At the time, living in Nemea, she was the nurse of the king's son.

The ARGONAUTS consorted with the Lemnian women and their descendants were called Minyans because some of them had emigrated from Minyan Orchomenus to Iolcus. They stayed in the island until they were driven out and came to Lacedaemon.

In his way to the Trojan War, Philoctetes was bitten by a water-snake in Tenedos and as the wound did not heal the army put him ashore on the island of Lemnos, with the bow of Heracles 1 which he had in his possession; and there, by shooting birds he subsisted in the wilderness. Later the Achaeans sent an embassy to bring him back to Troy [see Conditions to take Troy at Trojan War]. Otherwise, during the Trojan War, Lemnos sent ships with cargoes of wine for the Achaeans, being at that time ruled by Jason's son Euneus 1.

 

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