By N.S. Gill
Boorish cannibals contrast with civilized Greeks in mythology except when it's the Greeks who prepare the ineffable dinners.
Medea was a horrible mother because she killed her children, but at least she didn't kill them secretly and then serve them to their father at a "reconciliation" feast, as Atreus did. The cursed House of Atreus actually contains two instances of cannibalism.
A story from Ovid's Metamorphoses that is singularly nasty involves rape, disfigurement, and imprisonment, with cannibalism as revenge.
The reaction of the gods to the dinner suggests they didn't condone the eating of human flesh.
The oldest daughter of Agamemnon, leader of the Greek forces headed to Troy, was Iphigenia. She was brought to Aulis, under false pretenses, in order to be a sacrifice to Artemis. In some accounts, Iphigenia is spirited away and replaced by a deer just at the moment Agamemnon kills her. In this tradition, Iphigenia is found later by her brother Orestes whom the Tauroi expect her to kill as a sacrifice to Artemis. Iphigenia says she is taking Orestes to be cleansed and so avoids actually making him a sacrifice.
Sacrifices in Greek mythology meant a feast for the humans and bones and fat for the gods, ever since Prometheus tricked Zeus into picking the richer looking, but insubstantial offering.
This is another case of "is this truly cannibalism?" As is true elsewhere, there's no better term for it. Cronus may not have killed his kids, but he did eat them.