Sthenelus of Mycenae

In Greek mythology, Sthenelus (Ancient Greek: Σθένελος, Sthenelos, "strong one" or "forcer", derived from sthenos "strength, might, force") was a king of Mycenae.


Sthenelus was the son of Perseus and Andromeda and thus brother of Perses, Alcaeus, Heleus, Mestor, Electryon, Cynurus, Gorgophone and Autochthoe. By Nicippe, sister of Atreus and Thyestes,[1] Sthenelus became the father of Eurystheus, Alcyone and Medusa.


Sthenelus exiled Amphitryon, for the murder of his brother Electryon. Amphitryon was also the husband of his niece, Alcmene. As heir, Sthenelus was the successor to the throne of Mycenae. He was in turn succeeded by his son Eurystheus.

Preceded by
King of Mycenae Succeeded by
King of Tiryns


  1. ^ Smith, William (1880). A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology: Abaeus-Dysponteus. J. Murray. p. 408. Retrieved Feb 25, 2019.