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Daughter of Thebe and Nykteus, Antiope bore two sons, the divergent Zethos and Amphion. Having been approached by Zeus in the form of a satyr, she was driven from her house, and found refuge with Epopeus, the king of Sikyon. She remained here a while, despite the protestations and demands of her father, but was eventually surrendered to his brother, Lykos. Traveling back with him, she gave birth to the aforementioned twins on the way, the boys entrusted to a herdsman to be brought up. She herself was carried off to the court of Thebes, where she was subjected to relentless cruelty by Lykos 'wife, Dirke.

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