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Asius the epic poet says that to Phocus were born Panopeus and Crisus. To Panopeus was born Epeus, who made, according to Homer, the wooden horse; and the grandson of Crisus was Pylades, whose father was Strophius, son of Crisus, while his mother was Anaxibi ,sister of Agamemnon. Such was the pedigree of the Aeacidae (family of. Aeacus ), as they are called, but they departed from the beginning to other lands.

This extract is from: Pausanias. Description of Greece (ed. W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., & H.A. Ormerod, 1918). Cited Nov 2003 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains comments & interesting hyperlinks.


Strophius & Anaxibia

Strophios. A king of Phocis, son of Crissus and Antiphatia, and husband of Cydragora, Anaxibia, or Astyochia, by whom he became the father of Astydamia and Phylades.

  Anaxibia. The daughter of Pleisthenes and Aerope, and sister of Agamemnon and Menelaus. She was married to king Strophius of Crissa, with whom she had a son and a daughter: Pylades and Astydameia.
  Pylades grew up with his cousin Orestes, who had been sent to Crissa by his sister Electra to avoid the torments of their mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. Pylades was later to marry Electra after Agamemnon had been revenged and Orestes acquitted for killing his mother.
  Apart from losing her brother Agamemnon, Anaxibia was the only of Atreus' children who escaped the curse of the family.

This text is cited Sept 2003 from the In2Greece URL below.


   (Pulades).The son of Strophius and Anaxibia, a sister of Agamemnon. His father was king of Phocis; and after the death of Agamemnon, Orestes was secretly carried to his father's court. Here Pylades contracted that friendship with Orestes which became proverbial. He assisted Orestes in murdering his mother Clytaemnestra, and also accompanied him to the Tauric Chersonesus; and he eventually married his sister Electra, by whom he became the father of Hellanicus, Medon, and Strophius.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Oct 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks

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