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[yoo-ris-thee-uh s, -thyoos, yuh-]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a king of Mycenae and cousin of Hercules, upon whom he imposed 12 labors.
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Examples from the Web for eurystheus

Historical Examples

  • In many a land he sojourned and toiled to do the will of the false Eurystheus.

    Museum of Antiquity

    L. W. Yaggy

  • He forgets how often I saved his son when he was worn out by the labours Eurystheus had laid on him.

  • Eurystheus's daughter wanted this belt, and Hercules was sent to fetch it.

  • Perseus is the father of Sthenelus, and Sthenelus of Eurystheus.

  • One would think that Eurystheus would have acted generously.

    Gods and Heroes

    R. E. Francillon

British Dictionary definitions for eurystheus


  1. Greek myth a grandson of Perseus, who, through the favour of Hera, inherited the kingship of Mycenae, which Zeus had intended for Hercules
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