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The mother of Odysseus and wife of Laertes. She was the daughter of Autolycus, the most cunning of men (Table 35). When Autolycus stole cattle from Sisyphus the latter went to Autolycus to get them back, and it was during this visit that Anticleia secretly gave herself to Sisyphus before marrying Laertes. This explains why Odysseus is sometimes regarded as Sisyphus' son. During Odysseus' absence Anticleia, tired of waiting for him to come back and consumed with worry, killed herself.


Table of Sources:
- Hom. Od. 11, 85; 536ff.
- Hyg. Fab. 243; 201
- Ovid, Met. 13, 31ff.
- Serv. on Virgil, Aen. 6, 529