- a son of Amphiaraus and Eriphyle who commanded the second expedition against Thebes. He killed his mother for sending his father to certain death and was driven mad by the Furies.
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Alcmaeon is considered in the companion chapter on Greek Medicine.The Legacy of Greece
Alcmaeon, the head, for that is the commanding and the principal part of the body.Essays and Miscellanies
It led to the death of Eriphyle, of Alcmaeon, of Phegeus and his sons.
However, Alcmaeon's sin was too great for any such cleansing.
Alcmaeon slew his mother and became in consequence mad and accursed.
- Greek physician and philosopher. He was the first known anatomist and probably the first to perform scientific dissections of human bodies.
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