In the Greek mythology, Antiope was described as the princess of Boeotian city of Thebe and the daughter of Nycteus, prince of Thebes and Polyxo. In Some versions, river god Asopus was described as Antiope real father.
Antiope stunning beauty attracted Zeus, the king of gods. Zeus forcefully had sex with Antiope in the guise of a satyr on Mt Cithairon. When Antiope was with child, and her father threatened her, she ran away to Sikyon and marry Epopeus, the king of Sikyon. Nycteus killed himself in despair, but charged his brother Lycus to avenge him on Epopeus and Antiope. Lycus accordingly marched against Sicyon, took the town, slew Epopeus, and carried Antiope with him to Eleutherae in Boeotia. During her imprisonment there she gave birth to two sons, Amphion and Zethus, who were exposed, but found and brought up by shepherds.
Hermes, god of music, gave Amphion a lyre, who practiced song and music, while his brother spent his time in hunting and tending the flocks. Antiope, who had in the meantime been very ill-treated by Lycus and his wife, Dirce, escaped from her prison, her chains having miraculously been loosened. Antiope found shelter, unknowingly, in the house where her two sons were living as shepherds. Antiope sons, recognize their mother, went to Thebes, to avenge their mother.
Amphion and Zethus captured Dirce on Mt Cithairon as she was celebrating the revels of Dionysus and tied her to a bull to be torn apart. They then slew King Lycus and seized the throne of Thebes. Dionysus, god of wine, was offended by the death of his devotee (Dirce), and drove Antiope into a state of madness. In this condition Antiope wandered about through Greece, until Phocus, the grandson of Sisyphus, cured and married her. She was buried with Phocus in one common tomb.
Prince Nycteus of Thebes and Polyxo
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