Antiope, Amphion, and Zethos (page 485, with art)

Chapter 14: Thebes

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10 GLP – Fragments of more recent Greek literary papyri cited according to D.L. Page, Select Papyri III, pp. 60-71. London 1941.

Greek Text and Translation

Euripides, Antiope pp. 410-11 N²Tragicorum Graecorum Fragmenta, ed. A. Nauck, 2nd edition. Leipzig 1889

Greek Text

Berlin, Antikensammlung, F3296: Sicilian red-figure calyx krater with punishment of  Dirke by bull (upper left); inside cave (on the right) , Amphion and Zethos threatening Lykos while Antiope flees; and to upper left of cave, bust of Hermes


Digital LIMC

Paus 2.6.1-3 – Pausanias, Description of Greece

Antiope, the daughter of Nycteus, had a name among the Greeks for beauty… This woman Epopeus carried off but I do not know whether he asked for her hand or adopted a bolder policy from the beginning. The Thebans came against him in arms, and in the battle Nycteus was wounded. Epopeus also was wounded, but won the day. Nycteus they carried back ill to Thebes, and when he was about to die he appointed to be regent of Thebes his brother Lycus for Labdacus, the son of Polydorus, the son of Cadmus, being still a child, was the ward of Nycteus, who on this occasion entrusted the office of guardian to Lycus. He also besought him to attack Aegialea with a larger army and bring vengeance upon Epopeus; Antiope herself, if taken, was to be punished…. Afterwards Epopeus also died of his wound, which he had neglected at first, so that Lycus had now no need to wage war. For Lamedon, the son of Coronus, who became king after Epopeus, gave up Antiope. Greek Text

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