noun \ˈpē-ˌläps, ˈpe-\

Definition of PELOPS

:  a son of Tantalus served by his father to the gods for food but later restored to life by them

Origin of PELOPS

Latin, from Greek
First Known Use: 15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, founder of the Pelopid dynasty at Mycenae. Pelops was a grandson of Zeus. His father, Tantalus, cooked and served Pelops to the gods at a banquet, and only Demeter, mourning the loss of her daughter, Persephone, was distracted enough to eat from the dish. The gods ordered the body restored, but the shoulder, Demeter's portion, was missing, and the boy was given a replacement of ivory. In another story, Poseidon, helped Pelops gain the hand of Hippodamia, daughter of King Oenomaus of Pisa.


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