Atlantis pentheus
Portrayed By James Beaumont
Appearance HTLJ "Atlantis"
Affiliations Skirner
Cause of Death Crushed by the debris

King Pantheus was the ruler of Atlantis. He was obsessed with technology and progress and would stop at nothing to preserve the Atlantean way of life. Pentheus did not believe in the gods so he was threatened when he found Hercules in his midst. He was an isolationist and used his Crystal Ray to destroy approaching ships. He was killed when Atlantis was destroyed where the debris of his castle fell on him.


Background InformationEdit

In classical mythology, Pentheus was a king of Thebes in Greek mythology, son of Echion, one of the Spartoi, and Agave, daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia. He was the brother of Epeiros.

When Cadmus decided to step off the throne of the city due to old age, he gave the reign to his grandson Pentheus. One of the first things the new king did was to ban the worship of the god Dionysus, his cousin. Dionysus, enraged, caused all the women of Thebes, including Pentheus' mother Agave and aunts Ino and Autonoe, to go into a frenzy that led them to Mount Cithaeron. Pentheus captured Dionysus, and thinking he was simply a follower of the cult, imprisoned him; however, the chains would not bind the god and the cell gate would not close.

Dionysus managed to convince Pentheus to dress as a woman and go to Cithaeron, in order to see the frenzied women engage in sexual activities. He climbed on a tree to see better, but in their madness, the women thought he was a wild animal. They pulled him off the tree and tore him apart limb from limb. The first to actually attack Pentheus was his mother, who only realized what had happened once she had returned to the city.