Phlegyas, son of
Aresand Chryse, was king of the Lapithsin Greek mythology. He was the father of Ixionand Coronis, one of Apollo's lovers. While pregnantwith Asclepius, Coronis fell in love with Ischys, son of Elatus. A crowinformed Apolloof the affair and he sent his sister, Artemis, to kill Coronis. Apollorescued the baby though and gave it to the centaur Chironto raise. Phlegyas was irate and torched the Apollonian temple at Delphiand Apollokilled him. In Book VI of the Aeneid, Phlegyas is said to have imposed a powerful tyrant upon the Lapiths, to have changed laws when given bribes and to have raped Coronishimself, despite his anger at Apollofor having done so. Phlegyas was consumed by envy and, cutting off his middle toe, cast it into the fires of hell to lay by his widowed Chlo'one. In the Divine ComedyPhlegyas ferries Virgiland Dante across the river Styx. Phlegyas was the mythical ancestor of the Phlegyans.
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