A-Z: General definitions: Argus


(Argos Panoptes) a mythological character with hundred eyes. Juno asked him to guard Io, Jupiter's mistress, whom Jupiter had changed into a heifer to protect her from Juno's wrath. Argos failed because Jupiter commanded Mercury to slay him. Mercury achieved this despite Argos’s one-hundred eyed watchfulness because he charmed Argos to sleep with his magic wand and his flute playing. He killed Argos and escaped with Io. Juno set the eyes in the tail of the peacock.

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