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Definition of the noun Acontius

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Acontius is a genus of Cyrtaucheniidae, described by Karsch in 1879.

Acontius is a genus of Cyrtaucheniidae.


Acontius, was in Greek mythology a beautiful youth of the island of Ceos, the hero of a love-story told by Callimachus in a poem of which only fragments remain, and which forms the subject of two of Ovid's Heroides. During the festival of Artemis at Delos, Acontius saw Cydippe, a well-born Athenian maiden of whom he was enamoured, sitting in the temple of the goddess. He wrote on an apple the words, "I swear by Artemis that I will marry Acontius", and threw it at her feet. She picked it up, and mechanically read the words aloud, which amounted to a solemn undertaking to carry them out. Unaware of this, she treated Acontius with contempt; but, although she was betrothed more than once, she always fell ill before the wedding took place. The Delphic oracle at last declared the cause of her illnesses to be the wrath of the offended goddess; whereupon her father consented to her marriage with Acontius.

Phrases with Acontius

Phrases starting with the word Acontius:

  1. Acontius lamottei
  2. Acontius lesserti
  3. Acontius machadoi
  4. Acontius aculeatus
  5. Acontius africanus
  6. Acontius australis
  7. Acontius hartmanni
  8. Acontius lawrencei
  9. Acontius humiliceps
  10. Acontius stercoricola

Phrases ending with the word Acontius:

  1. genus Acontius
  2. Thecla Acontius
  3. Euthalia Acontius
  4. Catonephele Acontius
  5. Species Thecla Acontius

Other phrases containing the word Acontius:

  1. species Acontius lamottei
  2. species Acontius lesserti
  3. species Acontius machadoi
  4. species Acontius aculeatus
  5. species Acontius africanus

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Google previewBerenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (2013)

by Dee L. Clayman

Acontius is the eponymous founder of the Acontidai, a family of the Cean city Ioulis, still influential there in Callimachus' time (fr. 75.50– 52 Pf.) ...

Google previewEarly Sources of English Unitarian Christianity (1884)

by Gaston Bonet-Maury

By method, Acontius means the right way of ...

Google previewEarly sources of English Unitarian Christianity, revised by the author and tr. by E.P. Hall (1884)

By method, Acontius means the right way of ...

Google previewHeroides (2004)

by Ovid

ACONTIUS is a character found primarily in the Priapea (XVI.5), a collection of erotic stories circulating in Rome at the time of Ovid. According to thisaccount Cydippe had gone tothe temple ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

Acontius. Acoluthi word is Greek, and compounded of a privative, and xotevOo;, way ; as never turning from the original course. Acoluthi, among the ancient Christians, implied a peculiar order of the inferior clergy in the Latin church, for they ...

Google previewdictionary of national biography (1885)

by a.c. ewald


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Scrabble value of A1C3O1N1T1I1U1S1

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