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Pronunciation : hipsip-UH-lee

(Greek Mortal) HYPSIPYLE

Queen of Lemnos, the daughter of ex-king Thoas.

Arriving at Lemnos, Heracles refused to get involved in the shameless drunken debauchery that the other Argonauts were throwing themselves into whole-heartedly which was a little out of character. Heracles was one of Greece's top womanisers of all time but something was bugging him. Where were all the men?

A little digging revealed a few disturbing facts...

The female residents had neglected to offer even the most meagre of offerings to Aphrodite and hell hath no fury like a goddess scorned. She inflicted them with a stench that drove their men straight into the arms of the cleaner smelling women of neighboring Thrace. Spurned and angry they bagged their husbands, threw in a few rocks and chucked them all into the sea. Only Thoas escaped their fury as Hypsipyle sealed him in a chest. She still threw him into the sea but a chest is a lot more sea worthy than an old potato sack flled with bricks.

Apart from Heracles every one of the Argonauts sired a child during their time there, with Hypsipyle giving birth to twins courtesy of Jason, but the Argonauts were long gone before birthdays so never got to see the first batch of Minyae.
Family Tree ...
Parents : King Thoas of Lemnos
Spouse : Don't know, sorry
Offspring : Euneus and Nebrophonus (by Jason)
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'HYPSIPYLE' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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