A son of Hermes or of Thromius the Locrian.1 He was a favorite of Heracles. While guarding the mares of Diomedes he was devoured by them. In his honor, Heracles founded the city of Abdera.

According to Hyginus,2 Abderus was a servant of Diomedes and was killed along with his master by Heracles.



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 5.8; Strabo. Geography vii, 331.
  2. Fabulae, 30.


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