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Tithoʹnus

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A beautiful Trojan beloved by Auroʹra. He begged the goddess to grant him immortality, which request the goddess granted; but as he had forgotten to ask for youth and vigour he soon grew old, infirm, and ugly. When life became insupportable he prayed Aurora to remove him from the world; this, however, she could not do, but she changed him, into a grasshopper. Synonym for “an old man.”

“An idle scene Tithonus acted

When to a grasshopper contracted.”


Prior: The Turtle and Sparrows.


“Thinner than Tithonus was

Before he faded into air.”


Tales of Miletus, ii.

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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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