Genealogy: House of Pelops
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House of Atreus
The family tree of Pelops, displayed his descendants, such as Agamemnon, Menelaus and Orestes. Several of his daughters were married into Perseus’ family, so see also the House of Perseus. You will find that Pelops was a great-grandfather of the hero Heracles (Hercules).
Also, the children of Amphion and Niobe varied in number from source to source. The usual numbers were seven sons and seven daughters. It most texts, only Chloris survived, because she was married to Neleus, king of Pylos. When the killing started, Chloris was living in Pylos. See the Wrath of Heaven about the myth of Niobe.
This family tree showed only the children and descendants of Atreus and Thyestes.
According to Greek myth, Atreus and Thyestes had migrated to Argolis, because they had murdered their half-brother, Chrysippus, who was a favourite son of Pelops. Perseus’ son, Sthenelus, was king of Mycenae and Tiryns at that time. Sthenelus welcomed the brothers and gave them the city of Midea to rule. When Eurystheus died, Atreus and Thyestes contested one another for Mycenae. Their rivalry and enmity had led to a cycle of violences and bloody murders that lasted for another two generations.
See the House of Atreus, for the full tales of this family.
According to Hesiod and Aeschylus, Agamemnon and Menelaüs were the sons of Pleisthenes, instead of the sons of Atreus; therefore Atreus was a grandfather of Agamemnon and Menelaüs.