Catreus (pheasant) In Greek mythology, son of King Minos of Crete and Pasiphae; brother of Acacallis, Androgeus, Ariadne, Deucalion, Euryale, Glaucas, Lycastrus, Phaedra, and Xenodice. Catreus was the father of three daughters, Aerope (the mother of Agamemnon and Menelaus), Clymene, and Apemosyne. Catreus had one son, Althaemenes, who, an oracle predicted, would kill his father. Many years later when Catreus went to Rhodes to visit him, Althaemenes mistook him for a pirate and killed him.


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