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Harmoʹnia’s Necklace

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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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