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Zethus
(340 words)

(Ζῆθος/Zêthos).

[German version]

[1] Son of Zeus and Antiope

(Pind. fr. 52k,44: Ζέαθος/Zéathos). Son of Zeus and Antiope [1]. A parallel is sometimes drawn between Z. and his twin brother Amphion [1], and Castor and Polydeuces (Dioscuri) (Pherecydes FGrH 3 F 124; Eur. HF 29). Together with Zeus, Epopeus is also considered to be their father (Asius fr. 1 EpGF). Exposed after birth, the twins are brought up by herdsmen (Exposure, myths and legends of). When Antiope manages to escape from her captivity by Dirce [1] to her …

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Johannsen, Nina (Kiel) and Harmon, Roger (Basle), “Zethus”, 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 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12216740>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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