Aeschylus’ Athamas (A.7)

Athamas and Ino were driven mad by Hera
for having agreed to care for the child Dionysus
(whose mother Semele was Ino’s sister)
Athamas shot Learchus with an arrow
under the delusion that he was a deer
Ino threw Melicertes into a boiling cauldron
then leaped into the sea
taking the cauldron with her

The Fragment…

One of them was swallowed up by a three legged household cauldron
which always kept its place over the fire

Taking it out with bronze flesh-hooks

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