Parthenopaeus


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Parthenopaeus

(ˌpɑːθənəʊˈpiːəs)
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of the Seven against Thebes, son of Atalanta
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This Asphodicus killed Parthenopaeus the son of Talaus in the battle against the Argives, as the Thebans say; though that part of the "Thebais" which tells of the death of Parthenopaeus says that it was Periclymenus who killed him.
52) Statius also uses a similar simile later: when Dymas is found with the corpse of Parthenopaeus, he chooses neither to fight nor to beg for his life, like a mother lioness who rather than attack hunters close-by chooses to stay with her brood and protect them (10.
At first, attention is drawn to the names of two of Thebes' enemies (those of Parthenopaeus and Polynices), as viewed and interpreted by the male Theban community (that is, Eteocles and the Scout).
We may randomly include here the Hermaphroditus itself; Giovanni Pontano's Parthenopaeus, sive Amores, and the Hendecasyllabi; and Pacifico Massimo's Elegiae iocosae.
The only fragment from Peri Arkadias mentions the Arcadian hero Cepheus, son of Poseidon and ancestor of the hero Parthenopaeus (Hellanicus, FGrHist 4 F37, 99 with commentary).
Their son was Parthenopaeus, who later was one of the Seven against Thebes after the death of King Oedipus.
This paper examines the lineages of the seven heroes against Thebes as given in the Thebaid: Adrastus, Polynices, Tydeus, Amphiaraus, Parthenopaeus, Hippomedon and Capaneus.
No paternity is ever given for Parthenopaeus but Statius repeatedly emphasises Parthenopaeus' mother, Atalanta.