Helios Cattle

The Cattle of Helios grazed on the island of Thrinakia. They were the sacred cattle of Helios, the god of the sun and cattle. The “silken beeves” were immortal and if killed, the executioner would be killed by the wrath of Helios (223). In the Odyssey, Helios asks Zeus for his lightning bolt to kill Odysseus’ men by splintering his ship and making his men have “no sweet day of return” (223).

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