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(Πολυνείκης/Polyneíkēs, Latin Polynices, 'the Much-Quarrelling'). Son of Oedipus and Iocaste (Epicaste) or Euryganea, brother to Eteocles [1] (elder according to Sophocles, younger in Euripides) and Antigone [3]. After the blinding of Oedipus, his sons ruled at Thebes. They insulted (or, according to Sophocles, banished) their father, who cursed them. Eteocles expelled P. or broke the agreement between the brothers to rule alternately. P. fled to Argos, where, after an initial dispute on a place to sleep with another fugitive, Tydeus, he won the latter's fri…

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Klodt, Claudia (Hamburg), “Polyneices”, 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 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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