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Alpheus (deity)

Alpheus or Alpheios, was in Greek mythology a river and river god. Like most river gods, he is a son of Tethys. Telegone, daughter of Pharis, bore his son, the king Orsilochus. Through him, Alpheus was the grandfather of Diocles, great-grandfather of a pair of soldiers and Orsilochus, who were slain by Aeneas during the Trojan War; the river god was called the father of Melantheia who became the mother of Eirene by Poseidon. In accounts, Alpheus was the father of Phoenissa, possible mother of Endymion by Zeus. According to Pausanias, Alpheus was a passionate hunter and fell in love with the nymph Arethusa, but she fled from him to the island of Ortygia near Syracuse, metamorphosed herself into a well, after which Alpheus became a river, which flowing from the Peloponnese under the sea to Ortygia, there united its waters with those of the well Arethusa; the well of Arethusa is a symbol of Syracuse. This story is related somewhat differently by the Roman writer Ovid: Arethusa, a beautiful nymph, once while bathing in the river Alfeios in Arcadia, was surprised and pursued by the river god.

Alpheus took on water form jumping into the stream, but the earth opened and the stream flew underground to appear in a bay near Syracuse, near the island Ortygia, a location sacred to Artemis. According to other traditions, Artemis herself was the object of the love of Alpheus. Once, it is said, when pursued by him she fled to Letrini in Elis, here she covered her face and those of her companions with mud, so that Alpheus could not discover or distinguish her, was obliged to return; this occasioned the building of a temple of Artemis Alphaea at Letrini. According to another version, the goddess fled to Ortygia, where she had a temple under the name of Alphaea. An allusion to Alpheius' love of Artemis is contained in the fact that at Olympia the two divinities had one altar in common. In these accounts two or more distinct stories seem to be mixed up together, but they originated in the popular belief that there was a natural subterranean communication between the river Alpheios and the well Arethusa.

It was believed that a cup thrown into the Alpheius would make its reappearance in the well Arethusa in Ortygia. Plutarch gives an account, altogether unconnected with those mentioned above. According to him, Alpheius was a son of Helios, killed his brother Cercaphus in a contest. Haunted by despair and the Erinyes he leapt into the river Nyctimus which afterwards received the name Alpheius. Alpheus was the river which Heracles, in the fifth of his labours, rerouted in order to clean the filth from the Augean Stables in a single day, a task, presumed to be impossible. Associated with Antinous, the lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Antinous was a Greek youth. After he was deified, coins of the period depict him as Hadrian with Alpheios. Alfeios River Sarasvati River – Ancient river in the Indian subcontinent, the invisible or subterranean mystical river of Hinduism This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William, ed.. "Alpheias". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology


The Lombards or Longobards were a Germanic people who ruled most of the Italian Peninsula from 568 to 774. The Lombard historian Paul the Deacon wrote in the Historia Langobardorum that the Lombards descended from a small tribe called the Winnili, who dwelt in southern Scandinavia before migrating to seek new lands. In the 1st century AD, they formed part of the Suebi, in north-western Germany. By the end of the 5th century, they had moved into the area coinciding with modern Austria and Slovakia north of the Danube river, where they subdued the Heruls and fought frequent wars with the Gepids; the Lombard king Audoin defeated the Gepid leader Thurisind in 551 or 552. Following this victory, Alboin decided to lead his people to Italy, which had become depopulated and devastated after the long Gothic War between the Byzantine Empire and the Ostrogothic Kingdom there. In contrast with the Goths and the Vandals, the Lombards left Scandinavia and descended south through Germany and Slovenia, only leaving Germanic territory a few decades before reaching Italy.

The Lombards would have remained a predominantly Germanic tribe by the time they invaded Italy. The Lombards were joined by numerous Saxons, Gepids, Bulgars and Ostrogoths, their invasion of Italy was unopposed. By late 569 they had conquered all of northern Italy and the principal cities north of the Po River except Pavia, which fell in 572. At the same time, they occupied areas in southern Italy, they established a Lombard Kingdom in north and central Italy named Regnum Italicum, which reached its zenith under the 8th-century ruler Liutprand. In 774, the Kingdom was integrated into his Empire. However, Lombard nobles continued to rule southern parts of the Italian peninsula well into the 11th century, when they were conquered by the Normans and added to their County of Sicily. In this period, the southern part of Italy still under Longobardic domination was known to the foreigners by the name Langbarðaland, in the Norse runestones, their legacy is apparent in the regional name Lombardy. A legendary account of Lombard origins and practices is the Historia Langobardorum of Paul the Deacon, written in the 8th century.

Paul's chief source for Lombard origins, however, is the 7th-century Origo Gentis Langobardorum. The Origo Gentis Langobardorum tells the story of a small tribe called the Winnili dwelling in southern Scandinavia; the Winnili were split into three groups and one part left their native land to seek foreign fields. The reason for the exodus was overpopulation; the departing people were led by the brothers Ybor and Aio and their mother Gambara and arrived in the lands of Scoringa the Baltic coast or the Bardengau on the banks of the Elbe. Scoringa was ruled by the Vandals and their chieftains, the brothers Ambri and Assi, who granted the Winnili a choice between tribute or war; the Winnili were young and brave and refused to pay tribute, saying "It is better to maintain liberty by arms than to stain it by the payment of tribute." The Vandals prepared for war and consulted Godan, who answered that he would give the victory to those whom he would see first at sunrise. The Winnili were fewer in number and Gambara sought help from Frea, who advised that all Winnili women should tie their hair in front of their faces like beards and march in line with their husbands.

At sunrise, Frea turned her husband's bed so that he was facing east, woke him. So Godan spotted the Winnili first and asked, "Who are these long-beards?," and Frea replied, "My lord, thou hast given them the name, now give them the victory." From that moment onwards, the Winnili were known as the Longbeards. When Paul the Deacon wrote the Historia between 787 and 796 he was a Catholic monk and devoted Christian, he thought the pagan stories of his people "silly" and "laughable". Paul explained. A modern theory suggests that the name "Langobard" comes from a name of Odin. Priester states that when the Winnili changed their name to "Lombards", they changed their old agricultural fertility cult to a cult of Odin, thus creating a conscious tribal tradition. Fröhlich inverts the order of events in Priester and states that with the Odin cult, the Lombards grew their beards in resemblance of the Odin of tradition and their new name reflected this. Bruckner remarks that the name of the Lombards stands in close relation to the worship of Odin, whose many names include "the Long-bearded" or "the Grey-bearded", that the Lombard given name Ansegranus shows that the Lombards had this idea of their chief deity.

The same Old Norse root Barth or Barði, meaning "beard", is shared with the Heaðobards mentioned in both Beowulf and in Widsith, where they are in conflict with the Danes. They were a branch of the Langobards. Alternatively some etymological sources suggest an Old High German root, meaning “axe”, while Edward Gibbon puts forth an alternative suggestion which argues that: …Börde still signifies “a fertile plain by the side of a river,” and a district near Magdeburg is still called the lange Börde. According to this view Langobardi woul

Holy Avenger

Holy Avenger is a Brazilian comic book series by writer Marcelo Cassaro and artist Erica Awano. A post-teenage Brazilian comic, it is set in the medieval fantasy world of Arton, part of the RPG campaign setting Tormenta; the series lasted for 42 issues. Spinoffs include special issues that portray each of the main characters individually, an audio CD with voice actors playing the characters, an RPG book based on events in the series, an artbook with original sketches, a new edition; the English name Holy Avenger was given to the series because it can both refer to a D&D magical item and one of the main characters, the Paladin. A Portuguese name would have been gender-specific to indicate either the sword or the fighter, thus wouldn't work the same way. In this case, the title becomes "Vingador Sagrado" or "Vingadora Sagrada". Holy Avenger was an adventure for a D&D game published in the RPG magazine Dragão Brasil, issues #44 to #46, in 1998. In 1999, author Marcelo Cassaro made up his own RPG setting, called "Tormenta".

He included the Holy Avenger characters in this new RPG setting. In 1999 he teamed up with Erica Awano to start an ongoing monthly comic series. Sales were unsatisfactory, but after about 10 issues the magazines took off; the series was sent back to the newsstands through the short-lived Holy Avenger VR, which lasted only seven editions, through Holy Avenger Reloaded, which had more pages and extra material. The plot revolves around a 19-year-old girl, Lisandra, a druid, raised by animals on the island of Galrasia, she starts having dreams about a hero who mysteriously disappeared a few years ago. This Paladin had in his armour the Rubies of Virtue, twenty magical gems forged by each one of the twenty most powerful gods of the world of Arton; the gems were scattered all over the world after the Paladin's disappearance, according to Lisandra's dreams, it is up to her to find them and return them to the Paladin, in order to revive him. At first, with her "cousin", she discovers that one of the rubies was in the possession of a man, cursed into a dragon form.

Unable to fight the dragon on her own, she begins a quest to find the great thief Galtran, so she travels to the city of Valkaria. This is the first time she left her island, she knows no other human being. So, in the city, her "cousin" draws the attention of the city guard, she explains that it means no harm and she is only looking for Galtran. The guards passing by say; when she says that she wants to hire him, they tell her. The wolf fatally attacks one of the guards to protect her. For wanting to hire a thief and being responsible for the death of a city guard, she is arrested. On the same night, Sandro Galtran comes to rescue Lisandra from the palace's dungeon. After escaping, they go for the Ruby; the main characters of Holy Avenger are: Lisandra: A 19-year-old half-dryad girl, raised by animals on the island of Galrasia. She is on a quest to reunite the 20 Rubies of Virtue to resurrect the Paladin. Sandro: The son of Leon Galtran, the greatest thief of Arton, he helps her to find the Rubies.

Sandro wishes to be a great thief, like his father. Niele: A busty elven mage, that dresses only with leather strips, she is famous for having saved the city of Malpetrim from a water dragon, she meets Sandro. She ends up helping him with his hunt for the Rubies of Virtue. Tork: Tork is a trog, a species of reptilian humanoid, he is short for the standards of his race, was abandoned by his tribe when he was a baby. He makes a living as a mercenary, he is the one who taught Lisandra to speak, use clothes, walk on two legs. Because of this, he calls her his daughter, he ends up helping her find the Rubies of Virtue. He rushes headlong into battle, has a foul mouth; the Paladin: The Paladin was once the Paladin of Jallar, a lesser goddess, but she killed him out of jealousy. He was joined a group of adventurers, he had his body infused with the 20 Rubies of Virtue by one of his ex-companions, granting him extraordinary powers and making him a legendary hero. Former Official Site, as it was on 2007-03-26.

The twenty gods of Arton - an example of Awano's work

Maruti Mane

Maruti Mane was an Indian former wrestler who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics. Mane had a glorious run as a wrestler between 1962 and 1972 and did exceedingly well for the country in major championships. In the 1970 Commonwealth Games, he won silver in the unlimited freestyle event. In the 1962 Asian Games, he won gold in the 97 kg freestyle and the silver in the 97 kg Greco-Roman events. Mane was crowned Hind Kesari in 1964 after defeating Rajasthan wrestler Mahiruddin, he was at one time listed among the best wrestlers in the world. He was presented with the prestigious Dhyan Chand award by the Union government. In his wrestling days, Mane used to work out for 10 to 12 hours daily, his fitness was said to be the reason for him lasting a good 11 minutes against the all-conquering Russian wrestler Alexander Medved in 1967. No wrestler could last for more than a couple of minutes against the Medved, crowned world champion four times and won three Olympic golds in Tokyo and Munich. Maruti Mane at Olympics at

The Sailor (Mickey Newbury album)

The Sailor is the 1979 album by singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury. The album features a contemporary country production style; the Sailor was collected for CD issue on the eight-disc Mickey Newbury Collection from Mountain Retreat, Newbury's own label in the mid-1990s, along with nine other Newbury albums from 1969–1981. All tracks composed by Mickey Newbury "Blue Sky Shinin'" - 2:54 "Let's Have a Party" - 3:17 "There's a Part of Her Still Holding On Somehow" - 2:53 "A Weed is a Weed" - 2:21 "Let It Go" - 2:48 "Looking for the Sunshine" - 3:15 "Darlin' Take Care of Yourself" - 3:02 "Long Gone" - 2:43 "The Night You Wrote That Song" - 3:37 Mickey Newbury Barry "Byrd" Burton, Billy Sanford, Bobby Thompson, Don Roth, Rafe Van Hoy, Ray Edenton, John Goldthwaiteguitar Bob Moorebass Buddy Spicherfiddle Bobby Thompson – banjo Bobby Wood, John Moorekeyboards Jerry Carrigandrums Mark Morrispercussion Jay Patten – saxophone Terry McMillanharmonica Dennis Wilson, Diane Tidwell, Don Gant, Duane West, Ginger Holladay, John Moore, Lea Jane Berinati, Lisa Silver, Sheri Kramer, Thomas Brannon – backing vocals Carl Gorodetzky, Gary Vanosdale, George Binkley, John Catchings, Karl L. Polen, Jr. Lennie Haight, Marvin Chantry, Pamela Vanosdale, Roy Christensen, Samuel Terranova, Sheldon Kurland, Steven Smith, Virginia Christensen, Wilfred Lehmen – strings Alan Moore – string arrangementsTechnicalBilly Sherrill, Lee Hazen, Lynn Peterzell – engineers Stuart Kusher – art direction Gene Brownell – photography The Sailor at AllMusic

El SeƱor de los Cielos (season 6)

The sixth season of El Señor de los Cielos, an American television series created by Luis Zelkowicz, that premiered on Telemundo on May 8, 2018 and concluded on 24 September 2018. The season was ordered in May 2017. Aurelio Casillas recovered all the lost fortune and feels the need to retire, but it is time for retribution, the hatred that he sowed since he sold his soul to the drug trafficking demon is now knocking on his door with the face and blood of the many innocent people he destroyed. Aurelio will understand that his riches are an illusion, that after being the great hunter he was, he will now become the prey; the women he mistreated, the men he betrayed, the political puppets he put in power, his own children will turn against him. Rafael Amaya as Aurelio Casillas Carmen Aub as Rutila Casillas Robinson Díaz as El Cabo Guy Ecker as Joe Navarro Alberto Guerra as El Chema Venegas Alejandro López as El Súper Javi Francisco Gattorno as Gustavo Casasola Jesús Moré as Omar Terán Robles Lisa Owen as Alba Casillas Miguel Varoni as Leandro Quezada Ninel Conde as Evelina López Carlos Bardem as El Chivo Ahumada Isabella Castillo as Diana Ahumada Roberto Escobar as Comandante José Valdés María Conchita Alonso as Nora Requena Iván Arana as Ismael Casillas Fernando Noriega as El Rojo Flores Hector Bonilla as El Rayo López Matías Novoa as Amado Leal "El Águila Azul" On March 30, 2018 People en Español magazine confirmed the first confirmed actors for the season, which are Rafael Amaya, Carmen Aub, Iván Arana, Lisa Owen, Alejandro López, Jesús Moré.

This season features the return of Robinson Díaz as El Cabo, new cast members including María Conchita Alonso, Juana Arias, Carlos Bardem, Isabella Castillo, Ninel Conde, Guy Ecker, Alberto Guerra, Thali García, Dayana Garroz, Francisco Gattorno, Fernando Noriega, among others. After Mauricio Ochmann announced that he would no longer playing El Chema, actor Alberto Guerra joins the series with the same character as Ochmann; the premiere of the sixth season was watched by 2.14 million viewers, which made Telemundo position itself as the Spanish-language network most watched at 10pm/9c, thus outperforming its Por amar sin ley competition, that it only obtained a total of 1.44 million viewers. After the good reception obtained by the first two episodes of the season, Telemundo renewed the series for a seventh season during the Upfront for the 2018–19 television season