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Demophon was a king of Athens and son of Theseus. In Euripides' play, Heracleidae, Demophon granted the children of Heracles, who were fleeing from Eurystheus, refuge in Athens. As Eurystheus prepared to attack, an oracle told Demophon that he would win if and only if a noble virgin was sacrificed to Persephone. Macaria volunteered for the sacrifice and a spring was named the Macarian spring in her honor.

King of Athen
Preceded by: Menestheus
Succeeded by: Oxyntes

See also Demophon


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