The twelfth King of Argos. He was the son of Lynceus and Hypermnestra, and grandson of Danaus. He married Ocalea, who bore him twin sons, Acrisius and Proetus.1 When he informed his father of the death of Danaus, he was rewarded with the shield of his grandfather, which was sacred to Hera.

He is described as a successful conqueror and as the founder of the town of Abae in Phocis,2 and of the Pelasgic Argos in Thessaly.3

The fame of his warlike spirit was so great, that even after his death, when people revolted, whom he had subdued, they were put to flight by the simple act of showing them his shield.4 It was from this Abas that the kings of Argos were called by the patronymic Abantiades.



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 2.1; Hyginus. Fabulae, 170.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece x, 35.1.
  3. Strabo. Geography ix., 431.
  4. Virgil. Aeneid iii, 286; Servius ad loc.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.