Capaneus (charioteer) In Greek mythology, one of the Seven against Thebes; son of Hipponous and Astynome, married to Evadne, and father of Sthenelus. Capaneus boasted that not even Zeus could stop him from entering Thebes. The god, of course, sent a thunderbolt and killed Capaneus. Some accounts say Asclepius, the god of medicine, resurrected Capaneus. Other accounts say he was the inventor of the scaling ladder.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante


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