In Greek mythology, several distinct people shared the name Merops
Merops the father .of Eumelus, king of the island of Cos, which he thus called after his daughter, while the inhabitants were called after him, Meropes. His wife, the nymph Ethemea, was killed by Artemis, because she had neglected to worship that goddess, and was carried by Persephone to the lower world. Merops, from a desire after his wife, wished to make away with himself, but Hera changed him into an eagle, whom she placed .among the stars. (Hygin. Poet. Astr. ii. 16 ; Anton. Lib. 15 ; Eustath. ad Horn. p. 318 ; Eurip. Helen. 384.
Merops, a king of the Ethiopians (father of Pandareus), by whose wife, Clymene, Helios became the father of Phaethon. (Strab. i. p. 33 ; Ov. Met. i. 763, Trist. iii. 4. 30; comp. Welcker, Die Aeschyl. Trilogie p.572,&c.)
Merops from Percote,. He was a celebrated, soothsayer and the father of Cleite, Arisbe, Amphius, and Adrastus. (Hom. Il. ii. 831, xi. 329; Apollon. Rhod. i. 975; Strab. xiii. p. 586; Conon, Narrat. 41 ; Steph. Byz. Arisbe);
Soldiers from Adresteia, Apaesus, Pityeia,
Hom. Il. ii. 830
Merops, a Trojan, who was slain by Turnus in his attack on the camp of Aeneas. (Virg. Aen. ix. 702.)
Merops is also the genus name of the bee-eater.
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