Argea

related topics
{son, year, death}
{god, call, give}
{war, force, army}


In Greek mythology, Argea or Argia (or Argeia) was a daughter of King Adrastus of Argos, and of Amphithea, daughter of Pronax. She was married to Polynices, the exiled king of Thebes, and bore him three sons: Thersander, Adrastus, and Timeas.

Polynices, son of Oedipus, was to rule Thebes with his brother Eteocles on alternating years. Eteocles ruled the first year. When the year was over for Eteocles, Polynices demanded the rule. Eteocles refused to yield it and so Polynices sought out the help from King Adrastus. Polynices begged an army from King Adrastus for recovering his father’s kingdom from his brother Eteocles. King Adrastus not only gave an army but set out himself with six other leaders, since Thebes had seven gates that protected the city. The Seven Against Thebes set out to battle against the army of Thebes headed by Eteocles. Polynices and Eteocles killed each other in a fight among themselves in the pursuing battle.

Argia set out with others to find her beloved husband among the many lying in the battlefield rotting, in spite of capital punishment by King Creon forbidding such. She searched until she found him. Argia tried to revive him with kisses and tears, however all her efforts were in vain. She then had his body cremated and placed the ashes in an urn. Her virtuous acts showed her genuine love she had for her husband.

Contents

See also

References

Primary sources

Secondary sources

Full article ▸

related documents
Ptolemy Philadelphus (Cleopatra)
Berenice II
Alexander II of Epirus
Tisamenus
Emperor Kōrei
Donald II of Scotland
Constantine III of Scotland
Emperor Ingyō
Emperor Kōan
Emperor Suizei
Emperor Annei
Rizpah
Yosef Karo
Amphilochus
Tydeus
James Louis Henry Sobieski
Ptolemy VI Philometor
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (triumvir)
Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki
Alexander I of Epirus
Selim II
Verner von Heidenstam
Indulf of Scotland
Gruffydd ap Llywelyn
Emperor Sujin
Malcolm I of Scotland
Emperor Kaika
Emperor Kōgen
Humbert I of Savoy
Antonia Major