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Hanged or Strangled


Examples from the ancient classic writers:—

(1) Acʹhius, King of Lydia, endeavoured to raise a new tribute from his subjects, and was hanged by the enraged populace, who threw the dead body into the river Pactoʹlus.

(2) Amaʹta, wife of King Latiʹnus, promised her daughter Lavinʹia to King Turnus; when, however, she was given in marriage to Æneʹas, Amaʹta lianged herself that she might not see the hated stranger. (Virgil: Æneid, vii.)

(3) Arachʹne, the most skilful of needle-women, hanged herself because she was outdone in a trial of skill by Minerva. (Ovid: Metamorphoses, vi. fab. 1.)

(4) Autolʹyca, mother of Ulysses, hanged herself in despair on receiving false news of her son’s death.

(5) Bonoʹsus, a Spaniard by birth, was strangled by the Emperor Probus for assuming the imperial purple in Gaul. (A.D. 280.)

(6) Iphis, a beautiful youth of Salamis, of mean birth, hanged himself because his addresses were rejected by Anaxarʹelē a girl of Salamis of similar rank in life. (Ovid: Metamorphoses, xiv. 708, etc.)

(7) Latiʹnus, wife of. (See Amata, ábove.)

(8) Lycamʹbes, father of Neobuʹla, who betrothed her to Archilʹochos, the poet. He broke his promise, and gave her in marriage to a wealthier man. Archilʹochos so scourged them by his satires that both father and daughter hanged themselves.

(9) Neobuʹla. (See above.)

(10) Phyllis, Queen of Thrace, the accepted of Demophʹoön, who stopped on her coasts on his return from Troy. Demophoön was called away to Athens, and prômised to return; but, failing so to do, Phyllis hanged herself.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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