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An Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology - Second Edition

An Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology - Second Edition

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Published by: James Hampton Belton on Aug 03, 2009
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After the abdication of Œdipus, his two sons, Eteocles and Polynices, took possession of
the crown and reigned over the city of Thebes. But Eteocles, being an ambitious prince,
soon seized the reins of government himself, and expelled his brother from the throne.
When a warlike host led by Polynices appeared before the walls of Thebes, Eteocles, in
conjunction with Creon, had made due preparations to repel the invaders, and had
stationed troops, under the command of trusty leaders, to guard each of the gates.
Eteocles, grieved to think that there should be such a terrible loss of life on his account,
sent a herald into the opposite camp, with a proposition that the fate of the campaign
should be decided by single combat between himself and his brother Polynices. The
challenge was readily accepted, and in the duel which took place outside the city walls, in
the sight of the rival forces, Eteocles and Polynices were both fatally wounded and
expired on the field of battle.

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