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In Greek mythology, Epidotes (Ancient Greek? means 'bountiful') was a divinity who was worshipped at Lacedaemon, and averted the anger of Zeus Hicesius (Greek: ? ?) for the crime committed by the Spartan general Pausanias.[1]

Epidotes, which means the "liberal giver," occurs also as an epithet of other divinities, such as Zeus at Mantineia and Sparta,[2] and of Hypnos and Oneiros at Sicyon, who had a statue in the temple of Asclepius there, which represented them in the act of sending a lion to sleep,[3] and lastly of the beneficent gods, to whom a second-century senator, Antoninus, built a sanctuary at Epidaurus.[4]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 3.17.8 (cited by Schmitz)
  2. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 8.9.1; Hesychius s.v. (cited by Schmitz)
  3. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 2.10.3 (cited by Schmitz)
  4. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 2.27.7 (cited by Schmitz)


  • Pausanias, Description of Greece with an English Translation by W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., and H.A. Ormerod, M.A., in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1918. ISBN 0-674-99328-4. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library
  • Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio. 3 vols. Leipzig, Teubner. 1903. Greek text available at the Perseus Digital Library.

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