Deucalion and Pyrrha (new-wine sailor and fiery red) In Greek mythology, hero and heroine of the Deluge, or Flood. Deucalion was the son of Prometheus and Hesione; married Pyrrha; father of Amphictyon, Hellen, Pandora, Protogeneia, and Thyia. Hellen was the ancestor of the Hellenes, or Greeks. Deucalion and his wife, Pyrrha, survived the world flood. They repeopled the earth by casting stones behind them that were transformed into people. Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book 1) tells the myth. Reference is made to the myth in Giles Fletcher’s Christs Victorie and Triumph, Milton’s Paradise Lost (book 11), and Spenser’s Faerie Queene (book 5).
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
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