Argus was a giant with 100 eyes. Argus (or Argos) was a monster. With
his multiple sets of eyes, there seems to be no way of escaping him, for even
when he slept, fifty of his eyes remain open and look around threateningly.
Hera, the Queen of the Olympian gods and goddesses, commanded Argus to watch
over Io. Io was a woman with whom Zeus - the ruler of the Olympians - had
conducted a passionate love affair. However, in order to protect his mistress
from the wrath of his wife, Zeus had transformed Io into a heifer. Hera asked
Argus to guard her rival Io. Zeus sent the god Hermes to dispatch the monster.
Hermes lulled Argus to sleep before killing him. After his death, Hera set his
eyes in tail of the peacock, which became her symbol.
© Elsa Dax - Les Chemins de l'Image - 1999