Capaneus

Greek - One of the Seven against Thebes. Son of Hipponous and Astynome. Husband of Evadne. Father of Sthenelus. He was the first man to scale the walls in the attack on Thebes, where he faced Polyphontes at the Electrion Gate, and was struck dead by a thunderbolt hurled by Zeus. When Capaneus challenged the god, not even Zeus could prevent him from entering Thebes. His wife flung herself on his funeral pyre and died with him. In some accounts, he was resurrected by Asclepius. In some lore, occasionally known as Capaneus, Kapaneus or Kapaneus.

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