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HARMONIA
The daughter of Ares and Aphrodite, and wife of Cadmus. (See CADMUS.) At her marriage all the gods were preesent on the Acropolis of Thebes, and offered her their wedding gifts. Cadmus gave her a costly garment and a necklace, the workmanship of Hephaestus, which he had received from Aphrodite, or (according to another account), from Europa. These gifts, so the story runs, had everywhere the fatal property of stirring upstrife and bloodshed. It was with them that Polyneices corrupted Eriphyle, who drove her husband to his destruction in the Theban War, and was murdered in revenge by her son Alcmaeon. It was for their sake that Alemseon and Phdgeus and his sons were slain. (See ALCMAeON and PHEGEUS.) The jewels were at length deposited by the sons of Alcimeon in the sanctuary of Delphi. According to a later story Phaÿllus, a leader of the Phocians in the war against Philip of Macedon, carried off, among other treasures, the necklace of Harmonia, and gave it to his mistress, the wife of Ariston of CEta. But her youngest son set fire to the house in a fit of madness, and the mother, with the necklace, was consumed.
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