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Cadmus,

in Greek legend, son of AgenorAgenor
, in Greek mythology. 1 King of Tyre, father of Cadmus and Europa. When Europa disappeared, Agenor sent Cadmus and his other sons in search of her. 2 Trojan hero, son of Antenor.
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 and founder of ThebesThebes,
chief city of Boeotia, in ancient Greece. It was originally a Mycenaean city. Thebes is rich in associations with Greek legend and religion (see Oedipus; the Seven against Thebes; Epigoni). Sometime before 1000 B.C.
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. Misfortune followed his family because he killed the sacred dragon that guarded the spring of Ares. Athena told him to sow the dragon's teeth, and from these sprang the Sparti [sown men], ancestors of the noble families of Thebes. Cadmus married Harmonia, daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. At their wedding he presented her with a sacred robe and necklace, made by Hephaestus, which later brought misfortune to their possessors (see AmphiaraüsAmphiaraüs
, in Greek mythology, a prophet, one of the ill-fated Seven against Thebes. He foresaw the disaster of the expedition, but Polynices bribed his wife, Eriphyle, with the magic necklace of Harmonia, to convince him to go.
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; AlcmaeonAlcmaeon
, in Greek legend, son of Amphiaraüs and Eriphyle, a leader of the expedition of the Epigoni against Thebes. He murdered his mother in revenge for his father's death and consequently was haunted by the Erinyes until he found haven on Achelous' island.
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). They had four daughters—Ino, Semele, Autonoe, and Agave. In their old age Cadmus and Harmonia were turned into serpents by Zeus and sent to live in the Elysian fields.

Cadmus

introduced the alphabet to the Greeks. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 161]

Cadmus

sows dragon’s teeth that turn into armed men. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 180]
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93) After the battle with the Scythians, for example, Jason learns that Aeetes does not intend to uphold his promise of the golden fleece, unless the young hero first tames the fire-breathing bulls, ploughs the Campus Martius, sows the Cadmean dragon's teeth and fights the earth-born warriors.
When considering the Ramayana, Indian psychologist/pyschoanalysts do not seem to have noticed that, like the historically pre-Oedipal male Cadmeans re-memorated at the opening of Oedipus the King (a male martial collectivity, for which, there is, incidentally, an episodic parallel in Indic epic), the future Queen Sita is found in the plough's furrow, in a chthonic representation of the primal scene under her (foster)-father's control.