Sthenelus, a name which occurs repeatedly in Grecian mythology.

1. A son of Capaneus and Evadne, one of the Epigoni, and a famous hero. He participated in the Trojan war (Apollod. 3, 7, 2; Homer, Il. 2, 564).

2. The father of Cometes and lover of AEgialia, the beautiful wife of Diomede. He overcame the chastity of the otherwise virtuous woman by the aid of Venus herself, and eventually expelled the hero from his kingdom (Apollod. 1, 86; Ovid, Ibis, 350; Homer, Il. 5, 412 sq.).

3. A son of Perseus and Andromeda, who became the father of Eurystheus, the deadly foe of Hercules. He was slain by Hylluls, the son of Hercules (Homer, Il. 19, 116; Apollod. 2, 4, 5, etc.; Hygin. Fab. 244).

4. A son of Actor and companion of Hercules in his expedition against the Amazons (Apollon. Rhod. 2, 911).

5. A son of Androgeos and grandson of Minos, who with his brother Alcaeus was taken away from Paros by Hercules, in punishment for the hostile surprise in which his followers suffered harm at the hands of the sons of Minos (Apollod. 2, 5, 9, etc.).

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