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In Greek mythology, Idomeneus was a Cretan warrior, grandson of Minos. He led the Cretan armies to the Trojan War and was also one of Helen's suitors. Meriones was his charioteer and brother-in-arms.


After the war, his ship hit a horrible storm. Idomeneus promised Poseidon that he would sacrifice the first living thing he saw when he returned home if Poseidon would save his ship and crew. The first living thing was his son, whom Idomeneus duly sacrificed. The gods were angry at his murder of his own son and they sent him in exile to Calabria in Italy. (Virgil III, 400)


In an alternate version, his own subjects on Crete sent him in exile because he brought a plague with him from Troy. He fled to Calabria, and then Colophon, Asia Minor, where he died.


Idomeneo, a 1780 opera seria by Mozart is based on the story of Idomeneus.


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RASNZ Occultation Section - Idomeneus Occultation Update (813 words)
OCCULTATION BY (2759) IDOMENEUS - 2007 MAY 14
Note: The duration given in the line below is the interval during which the occultation shadow sweeps across the Earth - please see the minute markers on the map to determine the approximate time for your location.
On 2007 May 14 UT, the 61 km diameter asteroid (2759) Idomeneus will occult a 10.0 mag star in the constellation Aquarius for observers along a high uncertainty path beginning in South Australia passing near Ceduna.
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