Lycaon, The King! Picture

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YKAON (or Lycaon) was an early king of Arkadia who lived in the time before the Great Deluge. He sought to test the divinity of Zeus by serving the god a slaughtered child–either his son Nyktimos, grandson Arkas, or a Molossian captive. Zeus was furious and overturning the table, destroyed the fifty sons of Lykaon with lightning-bolts, and turned the king into a wolf.
In the chronology of myth Lykaon was a contemporary of Deukalion, king of Thessalia, and Kekrops, king of Athens. His fifty sons founded and gave their names to the towns and villages of Arkadia. Lykaon was succeeded on the throne by his youngest son Nyktimos or grandson Arkas. Some say that Nyktimos was preserved by Gaia (the Earth) when his brothers were struck down by the lightning-bolts of Zeus, others that he was the child sacrificed by Lykaon who was afterwards resurrected by the gods (cf. the story of the sacrifice and resurrection of Pelops).

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