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.
has his long hair tugged by his rival Idas in the footrace.
In the first part of the drama, these references concern the Argive assailants (Parthenopaeus and Polynices) and aim at accentuating these men's belligerent and lawless disposition.
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).
, whose aristeia occupies 9.570-907, provides another prominent example of a young man who dies before his time.
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.
Their force was led by seven champions: Adrastus; his brother - in - law, the seer Amphiaraus, who foresaw that only Adrastus would survive the war; Adrastus ' son - in - law Tydeus, a hero from Calydon; Parthenopaeus
; Hippomedon; Capaneus; and Polynices (though some accounts add the Argives Mecisteus and Eteoclus in place of the foreign leaders, Polynices and Tydeus).