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Argus is a figure from Greek Mythology.

Zeus, a Greek god, was married to Hera; however, he fell in love with Io. Zeus had turned Io into a beautiful white bovine to hide her true identity from his wife Hera. She found Zeus beside the white heifer, claiming he discovered the newly born cow. Hera knew that Zeus had been lying to her, but called his bluff and asked for the cow as a gift. Feeling reluctant to do so, Zeus turned Io over to Hera as a gift knowingly that Hera would suspect something if he did not. Hera recruited Argus to guard the heifer. He had a hundred eyes and could sleep while always leaving some eyes open, making him the perfect watchman. Unable to withstand Io’s anguish, Zeus called on Hermes, the messenger of the gods, and informed him to find a way to kill Argus to set Io free.

Hermes was extremely clever, shedding all his godly wonder; he went to Argus as a country peasant.

Hermes makes a pipe of reeds as his luring weapon and played to draw Argus’ attention. Argus found the music most pleasing and invited Hermes to sit and play music beside him. The music did not work as Hermes hoped. Hermes stopped playing music and began to talk and talk monotonously. The talk was nowhere near as enjoyable to Argus and he soon found himself bored as Hermes droned on. All of Hermes talk would lull Argus to sleep. Once the last eye had shut on Argus, Hermes struck Argus, killing him in his slumber. Io was set free, but Hera would turn on Io again, plaguing her with gad-flies that stung her into madness. In tribute to her trusted watchman Argus, Hera took his eyes of and set them on the tail of her favourite bird, the peacock.