X is for Xanthus
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When Patroclus, Achilles' comrade in arms, was killed in battle, Achilles blamed Xanthus in grief for not stopping the death. Hera granted Xanthus human speech and he said to Achilles that Patroclus had been killed by a god, and that a god would soon kill Achilles.
The Erinyes (the Furies) then struck the horse dumb.
Apparently Xanthus also asked for some decent hay which is why he was struck dumb again. The last thing the Gods needed was a horse ruining a good story.ReplyDelete
Rob Z Tobor
Interesting myth! I don't think I heard this one before. :-)ReplyDelete
I suppose the Furies didn't like the story coming straight from the horse's mouth!ReplyDelete
I have a Xanthus for my X too, only a different one. :)ReplyDelete
I'd never heard this story before myself Laura, a pretty cool present for sure.ReplyDelete
This one was new to me.ReplyDelete
So basically you have an immortal horse that will forever be in a vegetative state? What a waste.ReplyDelete