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caleo, and coquo. There were at Rome various things connected with the legends about Cacus. On the side of the Palatine hill, not far from the hut of Faustulus, there was a foot-path leading up the hill, with a wooden ladder called " the ladder of Cacus," and the ancient cave of Cacus, which is still shewn at Rome, was in the Salina, near the Porta Trigemina. (Diod., Solin., II. cc.; Klausen, Aeneas u. die Penaten, p. 768, &c.; Bunsen, Bescli-reib, der Stadt Rom, i. p. 134, iii. 1. p. 407.) [L. S.j


CADMILUS, CA'SMILUS, or CADMUS (•KafyuAos, Kacr[ju\os, or Kaetyios), according to Acusilaus (ap. Strdb. x. p. 472) a son of Hephaestus and Cabeiro, and father of the Samothracian Ca- beiri and the Cabeirian nymphs. Others consider Cadmilus himself as the fourth of the Samothracian Cabeiri. (Schol. ad Apollon. Rhod. i. 917 ; comp. cabeiri.) [L. S.]

CADMUS (KaS^os), a son of Agenor and Tele-phassa, and brother of Europa, Phoenix, and Cilix. When Europa was carried off by Zeus to Crete, Agenor sent out his sons in search of their sister, enjoining them not to return without her. Tele-phassa accompanied her sons. All researches being fruitless, Cadmus and Telephassa settled in Thrace. Here Telephassa died, and Cadmus, after burying her, went to Delphi to consult the oracle respecting his sister. The god commanded him to abstain from further seeking, and to follow a cow of a cer­tain kind, and to build a town on the spot where the cow should sink down with fatigue. (Schol. ad Eurip. Phoen. 638, ad Aristoph. Ran. 1256; Paus. ix. 12. § 1.) Cadmus found the cow described by the oracle in Phocis among the herds of Pelagon, and followed her into Boeotia, where she sank down on the spot on which Cadmus built Thebes, with the acropolis, Cadmea. As he intended to sacrifice the cow here to Athena, he sent some per­sons to the neighbouring well of Ares to fetch wa­ter. This well was guarded by a dragon, a son of Ares, who killed the men sent by Cadmus. Here­upon, Cadmus slew the dragon, and, on the advice of Athena, sowed the teeth of the monster, out of which armed men grew up, who slew each other, with the exception of five, Echion, Udaeus, Chtho-nius, Hyperenor, and Pelor, who, according to the Theban legend, were the ancestors of the Thebans. Cadmus was puni&hed for having slain the dragon by being obliged to serve for a certain period of time, some say one year, others eight years. After this Athena assigned to him the government of Thebes, and Zeus gave him Harmonia for his wife. The marriage solemnity was honoured by the presence of all the Olympian gods in the Cadmea. Cadmus gave to Harmonia the famous TreTrAos and necklace which he had received from Hephaestus or from Europa, and became by her the father of Autonoe, Ino, Semele, Agave, and Polydorus. Subsequently Cadmus and Harmonia quitted Thebes, and went to the Cenchelians This people was at war with the Illyrians, and had received an oracle which promised them victory if they took Cadmus as their commander. The Cenchelians accordingly made Cadmus their king., and conquered the ene­my. After this, Cadmus had another son, whom he called Illyrius. In the end, Cadmus and Har­monia were changed into dragons, and were re­moved by Zeus to Elysium.

This is the account given by Apollodorus (iii. 1. § lj &c.), which, with the exception of some par-


ticulars, agrees with the stories in Hyginus (Fab. 178)and Pausanias (ix. 5. § 1, 10. § 1, 12. § l,&c.). There are, however, many points in the story of Cadmus in which the various traditions present considerable differences. His native country is commonly stated to have been Phoenicia, as in Apollodorus (comp. Diod. iv. 2; Strab. vii. p. 321, ix. p. 401); but he is sometimes called a Tyrian (Herod, ii. 49; Eurip. Phoen. 639), and sometimes a Sidonian. (Eurip. Bacch. 171; Ov. Met. iv. 571.) Others regarded Cadmus as a native of Thebes in Egypt (Diod. i. 23 ; Paus. ix. 12. § 2), and his parentage is modified accordingly; for he is also called a son of Antiope, the daughter of Belus, or of Argiope, the daughter of Neilus. (Schol. ad Eurip. Phoen. 5, with Valck. note; Hygin. Fab. 6, 178, 179.) He is said to have introduced into Greece from Phoenicia or Egypt an alphabet of sixteen letters (Herod, v. 58, &c.; Diod. iii. 67, v. 57; Plin. //. N. vii. 56 ; Hygin. Fab. 277), and to have been the first who worked the mines of mount Pang-aeon in Thrace. The teeth of the dragon whom Cadmus slew were sown, according to some accounts, by Athena herself; and the spot where this was done was shewn, in aftertimes, in the neighbourhood of Thebes. (Schol. ad Eurip. Phoen. 670 ; Paus. ix. 10. § 1.) Half of the teeth were given by Athena to Aee'tes, king of Colchis. (Apollon. Rhod. iii. 1183; Apollod. i. 9. §23; Serv. ad Virg. Georg. ii. 141.) The account of his

quitting Thebes also was not the same in all tradi­tions ; for some related, that he was expelled by Amphion and Zethus, or by Dionysus. (Syncell. p. 296, ed. Dindorf.) A tradition of Brasiae stated, that Cadmus, after discovering the birth of Diony­sus by his daughter Semele, shut up the mother and her child in a chest, and threw them into the sea. (Paus. iii. 24. § 3.) According to the opinion of Herodotus (ii. 49), however, Melampus learned and received the worship of Dionysus from Cadmus, and other traditions too represent Cadmus as wor­shipping Dionysus, (e.g. Eurip. Bacch. 181.) Ac­cording to Euripides, Cadmus resigned the govern­ment of Thebes to his grandson, Pentheus; and after the death of the latter, Cadmus went to Illy-ria, where he built Buthoe (Bacch, 43, 1331, &c.), in the government of which he was succeeded by his son Illyrius or Polydorus.

The whole storv of Cadmus, with its manifold

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poetical embellishments, seems to suggest the im­ migration of a Phoenician or Egyptian colony into Greece, by means of which civilisation (the alpha­ bet, art of mining^ and the worship of Dionysus) came into the country. But the opinion formed on this point must depend upon the view we take of the early influence of Phoenicia and Egypt in ge­ neral upon the early civilisation of Greece. While Buttmann and Creuzer admit such an influence, C. 0. M'tiller denies it altogether, and regards Cadmus as a Pelasgian divinity. Cadmus was worshipped in various parts of Greece, and at Sparta he had a heroum. (Paus. iii. 15. § 6 ; comp. Buttmann, Mytholog. ii. p. 171; Mtiller, Orchom. p. 113, &c.) f [L. S.J

CADMUS (Radios), the son of Scythes, a man renowned for his integrity, was sent by Gelon to Delphi, in b. c. 480, with great treasures, to await the issue of the battle between the Greeks and Persians, and with orders to give them to the Per­sians if the latter conquered, but to bring them back to Sicily if the Greeks prevailed. After the

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