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Eurystheus

Jenny March

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics


Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199381135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.2577

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In mythology, son of Sthenelus and Nicippe, and granted rule of the Argolid by *Zeus through *Hera's trickery (Il. 19. 95–125). *Heracles was enslaved to him while he performed his twelve Labours, on the orders of the *Delphic oracle and as a punishment for killing his wife and children in a fit of madness. In art Eurystheus is depicted as a coward, hiding fearfully in a great jar when Heracles delivers e.g. the Erymanthian boar (see LIMC 5/1.

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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