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Polydorus (son of Cadmus)

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In Greek mythology, Polydorus was the eldest son of Cadmus and Harmonia and king of Thebes. His sisters were Semele, Ino, Agave, and Autonoë.

Upon his father's death, Pentheus, the son of his sister Agave and Echion, one of the Spartoi, ruled Thebes. Pentheus, however, ruled only for a short time, before Dionysus caused his mother to tear him limb from limb.[1] Polydorus succeeded him, marrying Nycteïs, the daughter of Nycteus. When their son Labdacus was still young, Polydorus died of unknown causes, leaving Nycteus as his regent.[2] In Pausanias' history, Polydorus' rule began when his father abdicated, but this is the only source for such a timeline.[3]


  1. Bibliotheca 3.5.2.
  2. Bibliotheca 3. 5. 5
  3. Pausanias. Description of Greece, 9. 5. 3–4.
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