In the Alexandra of Lycophron is is written:

Afraid of the spear and the impetuous phalanx, he pays for the false oath of his father regarding the spear-won herds, which wretchedman, when the towers of Comaetho were confounded by the army in the cause of loving marriage, he dared to swear by Aloetis Cydonia Thraso, and by the god of Crestone, Candaon or Mamertus, warrior wolf.

I have seen this interpreted (only on Theoi.com) as Panopeus having sworn a false oath that Comaetho could marry Amphitryon if she betrayed her father. Though Pseudo-Apollodorus states that Comaetho did it out of love for Amphitryon, he does not mention any promise of marriage, and neither does any other ancient source I've seen.

Much more commonly, I have seen this verse interpreted as Panopeus having sworn an oath regarding the herds, and his son being cursed for taking some of the herds for himself, when he had sworn not to hide any of the spoils.

To me, it seems the "cause of loving marriage" could just as easily be Amphitryon avenging the deaths of Alcmene's brothers so he could fulfill his oath to keep her a virgin until they had been avenged. The only other thing I can think of is if it was John Tzetzes' interpretation that Panopeus' oath and the "cause of loving marriage" was Panopeus swearing Comaetho could marry Amphitryon. However, there is no English translation of John Tzetzes on Lycophron, and I have not seen him cited as having this opinion.

Is Panopeus's swearing to Comaetho that she can marry Amphitryon found in Tzetzes, or any other source?


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