Genealogy: Houses of Thebes and House of Minos

The following two family trees showed two powerful houses in the two kingdoms: Thebes and Crete. Like the Houses of Argolis, they are descendants of the river god Inachus and his daughter Io, and these descendants are known as Inachids, but Thebes (Cadmus) and Crete (Europa) also belonged to the Agenorid line (descendants of Agenor), as opposed to the Belid line in Argos.

Agenor was the king of Sidon (or Tyre in other myth), in Phoenicia.

House of Minos (Crete)
House of Thebes




House of Minos

Tectamus (king of Crete) Asterius (king of Crete) Io (Argive heroine) Belus Agenor (king of Sidon) Cadmus (king of Thebes) Europa Rhadamanthys (Cretan Lawgiver) Sarpedon (king of Lycia) Minos (king of Crete) Pasiphaë (daughter of Helios) Ariadne Glaucus Catreus (king of Crete) Aerope Althaemenes Apemosyne Acacallis (Acalle) Androgeus Deucalion Crete (eponym of Crete) Idomeneus Meriones Meda Cleisithyra Telephassa or Argiope Leucus (Cretan Usurper) Aethon (possibly the son of Deucalion, name used by Odysseus as a beggar disguise) Helius (god of the sun) Perse (Oceanid) Theseus (king of Athens) Dionysus (god of wine) Atreus Thyestes (king of Mycenae) Pelopia Aegisthus (king of Mycenae) Agamemnon (king of Mycenae) Menelaus (king of Sparta) Clytemnestra (daughter of Tyndareus) Helen of Sparta (daughter of Zeus and Leda) Sarpedon (Lycian captain) Bellerophon Thasus Phoenix (king of Phoenica) Cilix (king of Cilicia) Aeolus (king of Aeolus) Hellen (king of Phthia) Phaedra Nauplius Palamedes Oeax Alcmene (mother of Heracles) Amphitryon Dorus (eponym of the Dorians) Cretheus (king of Iolcus) Cretan Bull (Marathonian Bull) Minotaur

See Minoan Crete, for the myths about Europa and Minos.

There are several names not listed here, because I couldn’t fit them here.

Androgeus, son of Minos, had two sons, living on the island of Paros – Alcaius and Sthenelus. Alcaius and Sthenelus had joined Heracles in the Amazon adventure: fetching the Girdle of Hippolyte (9th Labour).

Also on the island of Paros, Minos had other sons: Eurymedon, Chryses, Nephalion and Philolaus. They were killed by Heracles, because they had killed two of Heracles’ crew.




House of Thebes

Io Belus Phoenix (king of Phoenicia) Amphiaraus (Argive seer) Actaeon Agenor (king of Sidon) Europa Dionysus Cadmus (king of Cadmeia (Thebes)) Aristaeus Ino Epopeus (king of Sicyon) Telephassa or Argiope Thebe Niobe Neleus (king of Pylos and Messenia) Semele Pentheus (king of Cadmeia (Thebes)) Polydorus (king of Cadmeia (Thebes)) Amphion (king of Thebes) Zethus (king of Thebes) Labdacus (king of Cadmeia (Thebes)) Nycteus (regent of Cadmeia (Thebes)) Antiope Lycus (king of Cadmeia (Thebes)) Dirce Laius (king of Thebes) Oedipus (king of Thebes) Jocasta Jocasta Creon (king of Thebes) Polyneices Eteocles (king of Thebes) Antigone Ismene Haemon Laodamas (king of Thebes) Thersander (king of Thebes) Athamas (king of Orchomenus) Adrastus (king of Argos) Heracles Tantalus Aristodemus (Heraclid) Procles (king of Sparta) Eurysthenes (king of Sparta) Harmonia Talus (king of Argos) Chthonius (Sparti) Echion (Sparti) Ares (god of war) Aphrodite (goddess of love) Chloris 7 sons of Niobe ? 6 daughters of Niobe ?

Another family tree that you may be interested in, is the House of Seers. Though this genealogy contained mostly the seers from Argos, who were descendants of Melampus, Teiresias has a daughter named Manto who was the mother of two seers, Amphilochus (2) and Mopsus, who are both his grandsons. While Amphilochus (2) was also a descendant of Melampus. Teiresias himself was descended from Udaeüs, one of the Sparti (“Sowed-men”).

See the House of Thebes, about Cadmus and his descendants.

House of Minos  |  House of Thebes