Thyestean Banquet (in Latin, cæna Thyestæ), a cannibal feast. Thyestês was given his own two sons to eat in a banquet served up to him by his brother Atreus [At.truce].

Procnê and Philomena served up to Tereushis own son Itys.

(Milton accents the word on the second syllable in Paradise Lost, x. 688, but then he calls Chalybean, (Samson Agonistes, 133) “Chalybean,” Ægean (Paradise Lost, i. 745) “Ægean,” and Cambuscanhe calls “Cambuscan.”)

Thyestean Revenge, blood for blood, tit for tat of bloody vengeance.

(1) Thyestês seduced the wife of his brother Atreu s, for which he was banished. In his banishment he carried off his brother’s son Plisthenês, whom he brought up as his own child. When the boy was grown to manhood, he sent him to assassinate Atreus, but Atreus slew Plisthenês, not knowing him to be his son. The corresponding vengeance was this: Thyestês had a son named Ægisthos, who was brought up by king Atreus as his own child. When Ægisthos was grown to manhood, the king sent him to assassinate Thyestês, but the young man slew Atreus instead.

(2) Atreus slew his own son Plisthenês, thinking him to be his brother’s child. When he found out his mistake, he pretended to be reconciled to his brother, and asked him to a banquet. Thyestês went to the feast, and ate part of his own two sons, which had been cooked, and were set before him by his brother.

(3) Thyestês defiled the wife of his brother Atreus, and Atreus married Pelopia the unwedded wife of his brother Thyestês. It was the son of this woman by Thyestês who murdered Atreus (his uncle and father-in- law).

The tale of Atreus and that of Œdipus are the two most lamentable stories of historic fiction, and in some points resemble each other: Thus Œdipus married his mother, not knowing who she was; Thyestês seduced his daughter, not knowing who she was. Œdipus slew his father, not knowing who he was; Atreus slew his son, not knowing who he was. Œdipus was driven from his throne by the sons born to him by his own mother; Atreus [At.ruce] was killed by the natural son of his own wife.

Thymbræan God (The), Apollo; so called from a celebrated temple raised to his honour on a hill near the river Thymbrius.

The Thymbræan god
With Mars I saw and Pallas.
   —Dante: Purgatory, xii. (1308).

Thyrsis, a herdsman introduced in the Idylls of Theocritos, and in Virgil’s Eclogue, vii. Any shepherd or rustic is so called.

Hard by, a cottage chimney smokes
From betwixt two aged oaks,
Where Corydon and Thyrsis, met,
Are at their savoury dinner set.
   —Milton: L’Allegro (1633).

Thyrsis, a monody on Arthur Hugh Clough, by Matthew Arnold.

Thyrsus, a long pole with an ornamental head of ivy, vine leaves, or a fir cone, carried by Bacchus and by his votaries at the celebration of his rites. It was emblematic of revelry and drunkenness.

[I will] abash the frantic thyrsus with my song.
   —Akenside: Hymn to the Naiads (1767).

Tibbs (Beau), a poor, clever, dashing young spark, who had the happy art of fancying he knew all the haut monde, and that all the monde knew him; that his garret was the choicest spot in London for its commanding view of the Thames; that his wife was a lady of distinguished airs; and that his infant daughter would marry a peer. He took off his hat to every man and woman of fashion, and made out that dukes, lords, duchesses, and ladies addressed him simply as Ned. His hat was pinched up with peculiar smartness; his

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