Eurystheus

Greek - King of Argos. Son of Sthenelus and Menippe. Brother of Alcinoe and Medusa. Husband of Nicippe. Father of Admeta and Erypilus. His birth was accelerated by Hera so that he inherited the kingdom which should have fallen to Heracles. He set the tasks for Heracles to perform as his Labours but was so scared of his bondsman that he hid in a large bronze jar when issuing his orders which were then relayed to Heracles by the king's herald, Copreus. When he later invaded Attica, he was killed by Hyllus or Iolaus, or captured and put to death on the orders of Alcmene. His head was buried in a pass on the road to Athens to protect the city. Also identified as Eurystheus.

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