Amphitryon was the son of Alcaeus in Greek mythology, king of Tiryns. He was a general in Thebes, who married Alcmene, daughter of Electryon, king of Mycenae. He accidentally killed Electryon, and was exiled by Electryon's brother, Sthenelus, along with his wife. Together, they fled to Thebes, where Amphitryon was purified by the king of the city, Creon. Alcmene had refused to marry Amphitryon until he avenged the death of her brothers, so he had gone on an expedition against the Taphians. While there, Zeus visited Alcmene having taken the form of Amphitryon and slept with her; Alcmene became pregnant to Heracles. When Amphitryon returned from the expedition, Alcmene was startled as she told him he visited her the previous night. The seer Tiresias revealed what Zeus had done. Amphitryon had two children with Alcmene, Iphicles and Laonome. He died while fighting agains the Minyans.
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