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Greek Gods and Goddess: Antiope

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Introduction to Antiope

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Antiope and the myths and legends surrounding Antiope, Antiope relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Antiope

Was the daughter of Nycteus, (night- nocturnal) king of Thebes, or the river god Asopus of Boeotia, or of Lycurgus? Either way she was said to be have been seduced by Zeus in the guise of a satyr, and fled in shame, or was abducted or raped by Epopeus, and gave birth to Amphion and Zethus. Who were exposed, that is left in the open for nature to take its course, however, like any such story, a herdsman or shepherd found the twins and brought them up. It was reported that Zeus had transformed Antiope into a maenad, prior to taking on the appearance of a satyr. Of the twins it was said Zethus was the mortal son of Epopeus, he became a herdsman and hunter, while Amphion was the immortal son of Zeus; Hermes gave him a lyre and taught him to play, and he became a great musician and singer.

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