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From Wikipedia article on Diomedes:

Diomedes, in turn, married Aegialeus's daughter Aegialia when he returned from battle. He was then appointed as the King of Argos and thus became one of the most powerful rulers of Hellas at such a young age.

(the battle referred to in the first sentence is battle at Glisas, during Epigoni war).

Later on, as explanation of why he joined the Achaean expedition to Troy, it says:

Diomedes became one of the suitors of Helen and, as such, he was bound by the oath of Tyndareus, which established that all the suitors would defend and protect the man who was chosen as Helen's husband against any wrong done against him in regard to his marriage. Accordingly, when the seducer Paris stole Menelaus' wife, all those who had sworn the oath were summoned by Agamemnon (Menelaus’ brother), so that they would join the coalition that was to sail from Aulis to Troy in order to demand the restoration of Helen and the Spartan property that was stolen.

How is it possible that a married man was allowed to be one of the suitors of Helen? (either by his wife, or - from Ancient Greek viewpoint - more importantly, by Tyndareus)

I considered that Wikipedia's narrative merely reversed the chronological order of the two events, but all descriptions I saw of the suitors of Helen was that they were kings/princes, and Diomedes only became a ruler post-marriage.

  • Wikipedia also says that when he was rumored to have courted (or married) another woman, his wife essentially left him (and possibly cheated on him and the same time). It's quite possible that she didn't even know about his extramarital wishes for Helen, and that she would absolutely not have been okay with it had she known. – HDE 226868 May 23 '15 at 22:36
  • @HDE226868 - I (or rather, Ancient Greeks :) would be more concerned from the view of Tyndareus, not Diomedes's wife. Also, the wife's adultery - from my limited understanding - happened during aftermath the Trojan expedition, 10+ years after the Suiting of Helen happened. – DVK May 23 '15 at 22:40
  • Also, I'm unsure but IIRC, at the time polygamy wasn't officially allowed (one wife, many mistresses only) – DVK May 23 '15 at 22:45
  • Actually Diomedes married many times....... – John Demetriou Nov 3 '15 at 15:35
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According to mythology and history Diomedes Married many times. Although we have no record of him divorcing or widowing and given that at the time polygamy wasn't officially allowed (one wife, many mistresses only) we can only assume that from between one marriage and the next there was some sort of divorce or death.

Quotes from Wikipedia on Diomedes' marriages

Diomedes, in turn, married Aegialeus's daughter Aegialia when he returned from battle
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He married King Adrastus's daughter Deipyle.
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Diomedes then migrated to Aetolia, and thence to Daunia (Apulia) in Italy. He went to the court of King Daunus, King of the DauniansThe king was honored to accept the great warrior. He begged Diomedes for help in warring against the Messapians, for a share of the land and marriage to his daughter. Diomedes agreed the proposal, drew up his men and routed the Messapians. He took his land which he assigned to the Dorians, his followers. The two nations 'Monadi' and the 'Dardi' were vanquished by Diomedes along with the two cities of 'Apina' and 'Trica'
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Diomedes later married Daunus's daughter Euippe
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a scholiast for Nemean X says Diomedes married Hermione, the only daughter of Menelaus and Helen

So yeah he married many times

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    Do you have sources from history and mythology for many marriages? Thx – DVK Nov 4 '15 at 0:23
  • @DVK updated the answer after very long time. Sorry for the delay – John Demetriou Nov 30 '15 at 10:03

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