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Megapenthes of Argos

In Greek mythology, Megapenthes (/ˌmɛɡəˈpɛnˌθz/; Ancient Greek: Μεγαπένθης Megapénthēs means "great sorrow") was a king of Argos and the son of Proetus[1] and exchanged kingdoms (Argos for Tiryns) with his cousin Perseus,[2][3] whom he killed much later.[4] He was the father of Argeus and possibly Anaxagoras (or else Anaxagoras was his grandson through Argeus). He also had a daughter Iphianeira, who married Melampus.[5][6]

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King of Tiryns Succeeded by
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King of Argos Succeeded by


  1. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.2.2
  2. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 2.4.4
  3. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 2.16.3
  4. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae 244
  5. ^ Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca historica 4.68.4
  6. ^ Pausanias, Graeciae Descriptio 2.18.4