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Foundation by Perseus

Perseus, son of Zeus and Argos' mortal princess Danaë, founded the city of Mycanea in ancient times.[1]

Perseus fathered sons, including Electryon[2] and Sthenelus.[3]

Electryon's and Alcaeus' rules

Electryon became king of Mycenae. He married Anaxo, who gave birth to Alcmene.[2]

Alcaeus married Hipponome and fathered Amphitrion.[4] Sthenelus married Nicippe, who gave birth to Eurystheus.[3]

After accidentally killing his uncle, Amphitrion fled to Thebes where he became an accomplished general.
Alcaeus became the king of Tiryns.[4]

Sthenelus' and Eurystheus' rules

Sthenelus accessed to the Mycenaean throne at Tiryns.[3]

In Thebes, Amphitrion and Alcmene married.[5][4]

Eurystheus suceeded his father to the Mycenaean throne, at Tiryns.[3]

Ares mated with the mortal Mycenaean princess Pelopia, and gave birth to Kyknos.[6]

Atreus' rule

Atreus became king of Mycenae. He married Queen Aërope (granddaughter of King Minos of Crete), who gave him two sons, Agamemnon and Menelaus.

Atreus was killed and supplanted by Aegisthus, and his sons fled to Sparta.[7][8]

Agamemnon's rule / Trojan War

Agamemnon married Spartan princess Clytemnestra, returned to Mycenae, defeated Aegisthus, and became king.[7]

Though taken by force by Agamemnon, Clytemnestra became a blameless wife, giving birth to sons and daughters, including Iphigenia and Orestes.[9]

As Agamemnon sailed to war on Troy, after sacrificing their daughter Iphigenia at Aulis, to retrieve his brother's wife Helen, stolen by Prince Paris, Aegisthus became the lover of Clytemnestra.[10]

When Agamemnon returned to Mycenae after the war, and despite having been warned by Achilles's ghost, he was caught in nets by Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, who slaughtered him. Cassandra, king of Troy Priam's daughter, that Agamemnon had taken for himself as the end of the war was killed as well in the process.[10]

Points of Interest

  • Mycenae - City founded by Perseus
  • Tiryns - City of the Mycenaean throne

Residents

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #9; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Perseus' entry
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Alcmene's entry
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Eurystheus' entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Amphitrion's entry
  5. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Alcmene's entry
  6. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Kyknos' entry
  7. 7.0 7.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Agamemnon's entry
  8. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #8; Appendix: Olympians: Demi-Gods, Heroes and other Graeco-Roman Mythological Figures: Menelaus' entry
  9. Trojan War #2
  10. 10.0 10.1 Trojan War #5
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