Bellerophontes, seu Bellerophon, The sonne of Glaucus king of Ephyra, a man of much beautie and prowesse, was ardently beloued of Sthenobœa, the wife of Prœtus King of Ephyra, nert after Glaucus. When she desired him to commit aduoutry with hir, he fearing the vengeance of Inpiter, God of hospitalitie, & remÊbring % friendship hir hulbãd had shewed him, refused, & put hir away frõ him: which she disdaining, & being in a wood tage, accused hym to hir husbande, that hee had rauished hir; but hee like a sober man, woulde not slea him in his owue house, but deliuering him letters to his wines father, sent him into Lycia. Wh perceiuing the minde of Prœtus, encouraged and seut Belerophon to destroy the two monsters, Solymos, and Chymæra, that he mought be flaine vnder the coulaur of a valiant enterprise. But he atchieued it noblie, returned with honour.Belerophontis literas affert.A prouerb, when one bringe letters agamste himselfe.
Lewis and Short: Latin dictionary
Bellĕrŏphōn, ontis (Bellĕrŏ-phontes, ae, Aus. Ep. 25 fin.; Serv. ad Verg. A. 5, 118; 6, 288), m., = *bellerofw=n, Theocr. (regularly formed *bellerofo/nths), son of Glaucus and grandson of Sisyphus; he was sent by Prœtus, at the calumnious instigation of his wife Sthenebœa, with a letter to Iobates, in which the latter was requested to put him to death; he received from him the commission to slay the Chimæra, which he executed, riding upon the flying Pegasus, Cic. Tusc. 3, 26, 63; Hor. C. 3, 7, 15; 3, 12, 7; 4, 11, 28; Manil. 5. 97; Juv. 10, 325; Hyg. Fab. 2; 57; id. Astr. 2, 18; Serv. l. l.; Fulg. Myth. 3, 1.—Prov. for any one who carries a message unfavorable to himself (cf. Uriah's letter), Plaut. Bacch. 4, 7, 12.—Hence, II. Bellĕrŏ-phontēus, a, um, adj., of or belonging to Bellerophon: equus, i. e.