Usage Greek Mythology
Scripts Πολυνείκης(Ancient Greek)
Other Forms FormsPolyneices, Polyneíkes
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Meaning & History
Means "manifold strife" in Ancient Greek.In Greek mythology, Polynices was the son of Oedipus and Jocasta, brother of Eteocles, and husband of Argea. When it was revealed that Oedipus killed his father and married his mother and was subsequently expelled from Thebes, Polynices and Eteocles were left to rule together. However, they were cursed by Oedipus and as such the brothers didn't rule together peacefully and ended up killing each other in battle for control of Thebes.