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Eriphyle (ĕr'ĭfī`lē), in Greek legend, wife of Amphiaraüs and sister of Adrastus. She forced her husband into the battle of the Seven against ThebesSeven against Thebes,
in Greek legend, seven heroes—Polynices, Adrastus, Amphiaraüs, Hippomedon, Capaneus, Tydeus, and Parthenopaeus—who made war on Eteocles, king of Thebes.
..... Click the link for more information. when Polynices bribed her with the magic necklace of Harmonia. She later forced her son Alcmaeon into the war of the EpigoniEpigoni
, in Greek legend, the sons of the Seven against Thebes, who avenged the death of their fathers. Under the leadership of Adrastus and Alcmaeon, the Epigoni conquered Thebes 10 years after the Seven had fought alongside Polynices for the throne of Thebes.
..... Click the link for more information. when Thersander, son of Polynices, bribed her with Harmonia's magic robe. When Alcmaeon learned the full truth of his mother's treachery, he killed her.
dying at the hand of her son Alcmaeon, she curses any land that would shelter him. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 20]
References in classic literature
He may not indeed destroy the framework of the received legends--the fact, for instance, that Clytemnestra was slain by Orestes and Eriphyle
by Alcmaeon but he ought to show invention of his own, and skilfully handle the traditional material.
I also saw Maera and Clymene and hateful Eriphyle
, who sold her own husband for gold.
took the necklace as the price of her husband's life, but he is taking a bribe in order to compass a worse ruin.
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