Monday, 4 May 2015

Perigune

In Greek mythology, Perigune was described as the beautiful daughter of Sinis, an Isthmian outlaw.  
Perigune

                                              Sinis would force travelers to help him bend pine trees to the ground and then unexpectedly let go, catapulting the victims through the air. According to other version, Sinis tied people to two pine trees that he bent down to the ground, then let the trees go, tearing his victims apart. Sinis was the second bandit to be killed by Theseus as he traveling from Troezen to Athens, in the very same way that Sinis had previously killed his own victims. (see the six labors of Theseus)
                                                        After Theseus killed her father, she  fled, and Theseus was sought her everywhere. She came into a place overgrown with brushwood shrubs, and asparagus-thorn, there, in a childlike, innocent manner, prayed and begged them, as if they understood her, to give her shelter, with vows that if she escaped she would never cut them down nor burn them. 
Perigune and Theseus

                          But Theseus calling upon her, and giving her his promise that he would use her with respect, and offer her no injury.  Perigune revealed herself and Theseus had sex intercourse with her. She later bore Theseus's first male heir, Melanippus. Perigune later married Deioneus of Oechalia.

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