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ARGUS PANOPTES IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY
Children of Nyx Thanatos Charon Eris. Helios Eos Selene. Astraeus Pallas. Asteria Leto Lelantos. Daphne Io Minthe Oenone Syrinx. Amphitrite Galatea Thetis. Amalthea Metis.
Once when Zeus was consorting with the Argive Nymphe Io , his jealous wife Hera appeared on the scene. The god quickly transformed her into a white heifer but the goddess was not deceived and demanded the animal as a gift. She then appointed Argos Panoptes as its guard. Zeus sent Hermes to surreptitiously rescue his lover. The god lulled the giant to sleep with his music and slew him with his sword. From this conquest he earned the title Argeiphontes "Slayer of Argos". Hera rewarded Argos for his service by placing his hundred eyes on the tail of her sacred bird, the peacock.
His byname derives from the hundred eyes in his head or all over his body, as he is often depicted on Athenian red-figure pottery from the late 6th century bc. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. See Article History. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Io. Zeus thereupon sent the god Hermes, who lulled Argus to sleep and killed him.
The 100 Eyes of Argus Panoptes
For all of you interested in Greek mythology, here is the story of how the peacock got it's decorative tail:. Zeus was married to Hera, however, he fell in love with Io. Zeus feared the intensity of Hera's jealousy and tried to hide himself and the heifer he loved by wrapping the earth in a dense cloud, thick enough to create constant night. With daylight suddenly missing from the earth, Hera knew that her obtuse husband was up to something. Searching the heavens to no avail, she descended to earth, ordering the cloud away.