Eteocles

Eteocles in Wikipedia

In Greek mythology, Eteocles Ἐτεοκλῆς was a king of Thebes, the son of Oedipus and either Jocasta or Euryganeia. The name is from earlier *Etewoklewes Ἐτεϝοκλέϝες, meaning "truly glorious". Tawaglawas is thought to be the Hittite rendition of the name.[citation needed] When Oedipus killed his father Laius and married his mother, he was expelled from Thebes. The rule passed to his sons Eteocles and Polynices. However, because of a curse from their father, the two brothers did not share the rule peacefully. Eteocles was succeeded by his uncle, Creon...

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Eteocles in Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology

(Ἐτεοκλῆς). 1. A son of Andreus and Evippe, or of Cephisus, who was said to have been the first that offered sacrifices to the Charites at Orchomenos, in Boeotia. (Paus. 9.34.5, 35.1; Theocrit. 16.104; Schol. ad Pind. Ol. 14.1 ; Müller, Orchom. p. 128.) 2. A son of Oedipus and Jocaste. After his father's flight from Thebes, he and his brother Polyneices undertook the government of Thebes by turns. But, in consequence of disputes having arisen between the brothers, Polyneices fled to Adrastus, who then brought about the expedition of the Seven against Thebes. [ADRASTUS.] When many of the heroes had fallen, Eteocles and Polyneices resolved upon deciding the contest by a single combat, but both the brothers fcll. (Apollod. 3.5.8, 6. §§ 1, 5, &c.; Paus. 9.5.6; comp. Eur. Phoen. 67; JOCASTE.) - A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, William Smith, Ed.

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