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The baby Opheltes-Archemoros , Archaeological Museum of Nemea

The infant Opheltes ( Οφέλτης ,Ὀφέλτης) , from Nemea. Even when Lycurgus was warned not to leave his son on the ground until he could walk the woman who was responsible for Opheltes left the infant on a bed on the ground while she helped the Seven against Thebes. The prophecy became true and Opheltes was killed by a snake.

According to a legend the (Nemean Games were held in honour of Zeus and the infant Opheltes (funeral games / epitafios agon).


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