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Io Argus Panoptes

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Argus Panoptes

Argus definitely gets the bum end of this deal. Not only does the hundred-eyed giant get stuck watching a white cow all day—which has got to be pretty boring—he also gets his head chopped off by Hermes. You have to wonder why exactly it was necessary to behead the poor guy. After all, he was just doing what his mistress Hera told him to do.

Before this little incident, Argus was actually being a hero. He even slayed some bandits and monsters. So what do you think? Did Argus deserve what he got?

Mountains of info on Argus can be found in our Shmoop files.

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