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(Εὐρυσθεύς; Eurystheús). Mythical ruler of Argos. He was the antagonist of  Heracles, and charged him with the twelve labours. The rivalry between the two had been caused by Hera: after Zeus had declared that a son of his blood would be born that very day, and would rule over all that he surveyed, Hera delayed  Alcmene's labour and accelerated that of the wife of Sthenelus, who was a Perseid and therefore a descendant of Zeus (Hom. Il. 19,95-133). In some versions of the myth, at that moment Hera and Zeus agreed that Heracles would ow…

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Kearns, Emily (Oxford), “Eurystheus”, 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 23 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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