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Menoeceus

[muh-nee-see-uh s, -syoos] /məˈni si əs, -syus/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
a descendant of the Sparti and the father of Jocasta and Creon, who sacrificed himself to end a plague in Thebes.
2.
the son of Creon of Thebes, who took his own life because of the prophecy that the Seven against Thebes would fail only if a descendant of the Sparti sacrificed himself.
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  • Pretending to obey Menoeceus threw himself from the city walls.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb

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