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AUTOLYCUS
Also known as AUTOLYKOS

The Prince of Thieves.

Shifty and nifty, he was an expert in covering his tracks when he hustled and rustled. His cattle camouflaging technique came unstuck when SISYPHUS branded his cattle — on the bottoms of their hooves. Although the cattle had changed color, the proof of ownership was in the hoof.

The son of HERMES and CHIONE, AUTOLYCUS liked to be known as The Lone Wolf. He traveled with the Argonauts and taught HERACLES the art of boxing. Plenty of opportunity to demonstrate bobbing, weaving, slipping and skipping skills there.

He is the father of ANTICLEA, who married LAERTES and gave birth to his son ODYSSEUS, although SISYPHUS also claims to be the parent, having seduced her in revenge for that cattle business. But whatever the truth, AUTOLYCUS kept heroics in the family by giving ODYSSEUS a stolen camouflage helmet enabling him to sneak unseen into Troy.

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Article last updated on 12 February 2004
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT AUTOLYCUS : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : AUTOLYCUS
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Male
Type : Legendary Mortal
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : AUTOLYKOS
Popularity index : 835

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