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(Κρέων; Kréōn, Lat. Creon, Creo).

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[1] Regent and King of Thebes

Regent and King of Thebes, son of Menoeceus, brother of  Iocaste, married to Eurydice. His daughter  Megara is the first wife of Hercules. His son Haemon is engaged to  Antigone [3], the other son,  Menoeceus, sacrifices his life for Thebes (Eur. Phoen. 834ff.; 1310ff.; Stat. Theb. 10,628ff.). Originally, C. was a filler character -- the name means ‘ruler’ -- and his character varies strongly …

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Klodt, Claudia (Hamburg), “Creon”, 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 03 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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