A son of Zeus and Antiope, at Thebes, and the twin-brother of Amphion. According to some1 he was married to Aedon, and according to others2 to Thebe. Their mother was abused and mistreated by Dirce, whom Antiope served as a slave, and Zetus and Amphion took revenge by tying Dirce to the horns of a raging bull.

In contrast with the gentle, artistic Amphion, Zethus had a rough nature and was a passionate hunter.



  1. Homer. Odyssey xix, 523.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 5.6.


  • Aken, Dr. A.R.A. van. (1961). Elseviers Mythologische Encyclopedie. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.