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Harmoʹnia’s Necklace


An unlucky possession, something that brings evil to all who possess it. Harmonia was the daughter of Mars and Venus. On the day of her marriage with King Cadmos, she received a necklace which proved fatal to all who possessed it.

⁂ The collar given by Alphesibēa (or Arsinoë) to her husband Alcmæon was a like fatal gift. So were the collar and veil of Eriphylē, wife of Amphiarăos, and the Trojan horse. (See Fatal Gifts.)

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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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