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Strophius is also a spider genus (Thomisidae).

In Greek mythology, Strophius /ˈstrfiəs/, son of Crisus, was a King of Phocis, husband of the sister of Agamemnon (whose name was either Anaxibia, Astyocheia or Cydragora) and, by her, father of Pylades and Astydameia.[1][2][3] When Orestes was hiding from his murderous mother, Clytemnestra, Strophius hid him.[4][5][6] During this time, Orestes and Pylades became great friends.

Strophius was also the name of one of Pylades' sons with Electra, Orestes' sister. Pylades and Electra's other son was Medon.[7]

Yet another Strophius was the father of the Trojan Scamandrius, who was killed by Menelaus.[8]


  1. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2. 29. 4
  2. ^ Hyginus, Fabulae, 117
  3. ^ Scholia on Euripides, Orestes, 33
  4. ^ Bibliotheca, Epitome of Book 4, 6. 24
  5. ^ Aeschylus, Agamemnon, 877 - 885
  6. ^ Pindar, Pythian Ode 11. 35
  7. ^ Pausanias, Description of Greece, 2. 16. 7 with a reference to Hellanicus
  8. ^ Homer, Iliad, 5. 49