A fabulous horse, which Poseidon begot by Demeter; for in order to escape from the pursuit of Poseidon, the goddess had metamorphosed herself into a mare, and Poseidon deceived her by assuming the figure of a horse. Demeter afterwards gave birth to the horse Arion, and a daughter whose name remained unknown to the uninitiated.1
According to the poet Antimachus2 this horse and Caerus were the offspring of Gaea; whereas, according to other traditions, Poseidon or Zephyrus begot the horse by a Harpy.3 Another story related, that Poseidon created Arion in his contest with Athena.4
- Pausanias. Description of Greece viii, 25.7.
- ap. Pausanias, l.c.
- Eustathius on Homer, p. 1051; Quintus Smyrnaeus, iv, 570.
- Servius on Virgil's Georgics i, 12.
- Pausanias. Description of Greece l.c.; Hesiod. Shield of Heracles, 120.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.