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Alcmaeon


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The son of Amphiaraus and Eriphӯlē, who killed his mother in revenge for his father's death. Bribed by Polynīcēs (see eteocles) with the necklace of Harmonia (see Cadmus), Eriphyle gave judgement in favour of Adrastus against her husband when adjudicating between them on whether Amphiaraus should join the expedition of the Seven against Thebes despite his prophetic knowledge that all the participants except Adrastus would die. Amphiaraus ordered Alcmaeon to avenge his death with hers. After killing her Alcmaeon went mad and wandered about pursued by the Erinyes.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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