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Phoenix (Iliad)

In the Greek epic Iliad, Phoenix is one of Achilles' men who goes with Odysseus and Ajax the great to urge him to re-enter battle, giving the most passionate speech of the three. There is no doubt that this was a later addition to the epic, since Achilles continually talks to his guests using a special dual verb form, not plural.
Hesiod also claimed that Phoenix was the father of Adonis with Aephesiboea.

A different Phoenix in Greek mythology was a son of Agenor and Telephassa. When his sister, Electra was kidnapped, Phoenix and his brothers, Cadmus and Cilix went searching for her. Phoenix eventually settled down and founded the country Phoenicia.