In mythology, granted rule of the Argolid by Zeus through Hera's trickery. 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. Even after Heracles' death, Eurystheus persecuted his descendants, the Heraclids.
Subjects: Classical Studies — Religion.