This didn’t worry him until he had a daughter called Hippodameia. Despite her ugly name she grew up to be stunningly beautiful. To stave off suitors Oenomaus challenged all-comers to a long-distance chariot race. Win and you obtain the hand of his daughter — lose and your life is forfeit. The prospective grooms were even given a half-hour start.
Of course there was a catch. Oenomaus’s horses were a gift from Ares and they could go like the clappers. Twelve princely suitors ended with their heads on poles and Oenomaus boasted that he was going to build a temple of skulls to Ares.
Then Pelops, suitor number thirteen, turned up with some winged horses he had been given by Poseidon. This was a little worrying. Even more worrying was when Pelops cheated and bribed Myrtilus, charioteer of Oenomaus, to substitute wax axle pins.
We have a winner. ‘Here Comes the Bride...’
Oenomaus Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Oinone
Type: legendary mortal
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1922
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Article last revised on September 06, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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