Greek hero in the Trojan War. He was commander of 80 ships from Argos bringing soldiers to defeat Troy. His exploits included wounding the goddess Aphrodite, killing Rhesus and his Thracian followers, and stealing the Trojan Palladium (the sacred image of Athena that protected Troy). Aphrodite punished him by making his wife unfaithful to him in his absence, and after the war he returned home to find his claim to the throne of Argos disputed. He then sailed to Italy and founded the colony of Argyripa (later Arpi) in Apulia.

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