E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
after the Deluge, was ordered to cast behind him the bones of his mother) (i.e. the stones of mother earth). Those thrown by Deucalion became men, and those thrown by his wife, Pyrrha, became women. For the interchange between ò (people), and (a stone), see Pindar: Olympic Games, ix. 66.
Deucalions flood. According to Greek mythology, Deucalion was a king of Thessaly, in whose reign the whole world was covered with a deluge in consequence of the great impiety of man. (See DELUGES.)