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Whence The Selloi Of Dodona? Σeλλoί / Ἑλλoί

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In a major turning point in the plot of the Iliad Achilles offers a prayer to Zeus of Dodona that his comrade Patroclus achieves both success in battle and a safe return to the ships. It is a scene full of pathos, and Achilles' prayer is appropriately formal and ritualistic, beginning with a somber invocation. Hellopia is a land mentioned by Hesiod as containing Dodona with Hellos the Thessalian or the Oak-Cutter, the eponymous hero of the Dodonian oracle, and with the 'helos', the marsh, that was to be found near the sacred precinct of Dodona. The Hesiodic passage describes Hellopia as a rich and populous land in which Zeus established his oracle at Dodona.

Keywords: Dodona; Hellopia; Hesiod; Iliad; Patroclus; Zeus



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