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In Greek mythology, Eurystheus was a character in Heraclidae, a play by Euripides.

Macaria, one of the daughters of Heracles, and her brothers and sisters hid from Eursytheus in Athens, ruled by King Demophon. As Eurystheus prepared to attack, an oracle told Demophon that he would win if and only if a noble woman was sacrificed to Persephone. Macaria volunteered for the sacrifice and a spring was named the Macarian spring in her honor.