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(Ἀμφιτρύων; Amphitrýōn, Amphitruo). Son of king Alcaeus of Tiryns and Astydameia, the daughter of Pelops (Apollod. 2,50; 55-67) or the granddaughter of Perseus Laonome (Eur. HF 2 f.; Paus. 8,14,2). In order to win  Alcmene, he has to avenge her father Electryon of Mycenae or her brothers, who fell in the battle with the plundering Teleboeans from Taphus. Or otherwise, A. accidentally kills Electryon (in a dispute) and flees with Alcmene to Thebes, where Creon exculpates him (Hes. fr. 195 MW). After A. has freed T…

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Scheer, Tanja (Rome), “Amphitryon”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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