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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 Opheltes and the myths and legends surrounding Opheltes, Opheltes relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.
He was the son of the mythical king of Nemea, Lycurgus [work of wolves] and Eurydice of Nemea, or Amphithea? His father bought a slave woman called Hypsipyle, who was formerly a Lemnian princess. It came to pass that Andrastus, king of Argos and his army came to pass through the land where they asked Lycurgus if they could get some water, he granted their request and sent Hypsipyle with Opheltes in tow to show them a suitable drinking place. Unfortunately, Hypsipyle placed him on the ground as she showed them where the pool was; suddenly a serpent appeared curled itself around him and bit him to death. Adrastus and his men were no not able to get back intime to save the child, they killed the serpent and buried the boy. Amphiaraus the seer was with them and warned them that this was a bad omen, and that their mission was doomed. But to placate the gods they instituted the Nemean games, in the childs honour. See more under the names mentioned, or fuller story in SV. Book Tydeus.