In Greek mythology
Greek mythology
Greek mythology is the body of myths and legends belonging to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. They were a part of religion in ancient Greece...

, Electryon was the son of Perseus and Andromeda
Andromeda (mythology)
Andromeda is a princess from Greek mythology who, as divine punishment for her mother's bragging, the Boast of Cassiopeia, was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to a sea monster. She was saved from death by Perseus, her future husband. Her name is the Latinized form of the Greek Ἀνδρομέδη...

, and king of Tiryns
Tiryns is a Mycenaean archaeological site in the prefecture of Argolis in the Peloponnese, some kilometres north of Nauplion.-General information:...

 and Mycenae
Mycenae is an archaeological site in Greece, located about 90 km south-west of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. Argos is 11 km to the south; Corinth, 48 km to the north...

 or Medea in Argolis. He married either Anaxo
In Greek mythology, Anaxo , daughter of Alcaeus and Astydameia, daughter of Pelops and Hippodamia. She married Electryon, king of Mycenae, and her father's brother, being the son of Perseus and Andromeda. Her children were Alcmena, Stratobates, Gorgophonus, Phylonomus, Celaeneus, Amphimachus,...

, daughter of his brother Alcaeus
Alcaeus may refer to:*Alcaeus , a writer of ten plays of the Old Comedy.*Alcaeus , one of several figures of this name in Greek mythology*12607 Alcaeus - a main belt asteroid...

 and sister of Amphitryon
Amphitryon , in Greek mythology, was a son of Alcaeus, king of Tiryns in Argolis.Amphitryon was a Theban general, who was originally from Tiryns in the eastern part of the Peloponnese. He was friends with Panopeus....

, or Eurydice
Eurydice of Mycenae
In Greek mythology, Eurydice was the daughter of Pelops and was married to Electryon, king of Mycenae and son of Perseus. She bore him Alcmena, mother of Heracles. In other versions of the myth, Eurydice's place was taken by Anaxo, Electryon's niece....

 daughter of Pelops
In Greek mythology, Pelops , was king of Pisa in the Peloponnesus. He was the founder of the House of Atreus through his son of that name....

. His wife bore him a daughter Alcmena and many sons (Stratobates, Gorgophonus, Phylonomus, Celaeneus, Amphimachus, Lysinomus, Chirimachus, Anactor, and Archelaus). Electryon had an illegitimate son Licymnius
In Greek mythology, Licymnius was a good friend of Heracles' and an illegitimate son of Electryon, King of Tiryns and Mycenae in the Argolid . His mother is given as Mideia, a Phrygian woman...

 by Midea, a Phrygia
In antiquity, Phrygia was a kingdom in the west central part of Anatolia, in what is now modern-day Turkey. The Phrygians initially lived in the southern Balkans; according to Herodotus, under the name of Bryges , changing it to Phruges after their final migration to Anatolia, via the...

n woman. The six sons of Pterelaus
-Son of Lelex:Pterelaus was a son of Lelex, a pre-Hellenic king whose descendants spread across Greece and beyond . Pterelaus ruled the land by the River Achelous, in the region later called Acarnania. Pterelaus had numerous sons who settled the territory in the vicinity of the Achelous, including...

, King of the Taphians
In Homeric Greece, the islands of Taphos lay in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Acarnania in northwestern Greece, home of sea-going and piratical inhabitants, the Taphians...

, descended from Electryon's brother Mestor
In Greek mythology, Mestor was name of two men.# Mestor was a son of Perseus and Andromeda. He was brother of Perses, Alcaeus, Heleus, Sthenelus, Electryon, Cynurus, Gorgophone and Autochthoe.# Another Mestor was a son of King Priam....

 came to Mycenae to claim a share of kingdom. When Electryon spurned their request, they drove off his cattle; Electryon's sons battled against them, and all but Licymnius (on one side) and Evenus
Evenus, Euenos or Evinos may refer to:*Evinos, a river in western Greece*Evenus , a river god and two mythological kings in ancient Greece*Evenus , a butterfly genus...

 (on the other) died. Evenus sold the cattle to Polyxenus
In Greek mythology, Polyxenus is a name that may refer to:*One of the first priests of Demeter and one of the first to learn the secrets of the Eleusinian Mysteries....

 of Elis
Elis, or Eleia is an ancient district that corresponds with the modern Elis peripheral unit...

. Amphitryon, Electryon's nephew and promised in marriage to Alcmena, bought the cattle and returned them to his uncle, but accidentally killed him as he threw his club at one of the cows. Electryon's brother Sthenelus
Sthenelus (son of Andromeda and Perseus)
Sthenelus was the son of Perseus and Andromeda and a king of Mycenae. By Nicippe, he was the father of Eurystheus, Alcyone and Medusa. He exiled Amphitryon, for the murder of his brother Electryon. Amphitryon was also the husband of his niece, Alcmene. As heir, Sthenelus was the successor to the...

seized the throne of Mycenae, charged Amphitryon with murder, and sent him into exile.
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