Amphion

Greek - King of Thebes. Son of Lycus or Zeus by Antiope, wife of Lycus. Twin brother of Zethus. Husband of Niobe. Amphion and his brother were abandoned as babies but they were found and reared by herdsmen. He was a famed musician and, with Zethus, he built the walls of Thebes, moving the stones by the music of his lyre, given to him by Hermes. He and Zethus avenged the illtreatment of their mother Antiope by her husband Lycus who had put her aside in favour of Dirce. They tied Dirce to the tail of a bull and she was dragged to her death. They also killed Lycus, and Amphion took over the throne. He was the father of seven sons and seven daughters (or twelve children, in some accounts) all of whom were destroyed by Apollo and Artemis when Niobe boasted that she was greater than Leto. Niobe was turned to stone and he committed suicide or, in some accounts, was killed by Apollo. In a different version, Amphion was the son of Iasus and king of Orchomenus. One of his daughters, Chloris, escaped when the gods killed Niobe's children and lived to marry Neleus, king of Pylus. On occassion, identified as Amphion, Polydeuces, Polydeuces, Poludeukes or Roman Pollux.
Greek - The Theban version of Polydeuces. Sometimes identified as Amphion, Polydeuces, Polydeuces, Poludeukes or Roman Pollux.
British - A poem by Tennyson. Also commonly called Amphion, Polydeuces, Polydeuces, Poludeukes or Roman Pollux.

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