After the return of the Argonauts his sisters were seduced by Medea to cut their father in pieces and boil them; and Acastus, when he heard this, buried his father, drove Jason and Medea, and according to Pausanias3 his sisters also, from Iolcus, and instituted funeral games in honor of his father.4
During these games it happened that Astydameia, the wife of Acastus, who is also called Hippolyte, fell in love with Peleus, whom Acastus had purified from the murder of Eurytion. When Peleus refused to listen to her addresses, she accused him to her husband of having attempted to dishonor her.5 Acastus, however, did not take immediate revenge for the alleged crime, but after he and Peleus had been chasing on Mount Pelion, and the latter had fallen asleep, Acastus took his sword from him, and left him alone and exposed, so that Peleus was nearly destroyed by the centaurs. But he was saved by Chiron or Hermes, returned to Acastus, and killed him together with his wife.6
- Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 9.10; Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica i, 224 ff.
- Ovid. Metamorphoses viii, 305 ff.
- Description of Greece vii, 11.
- Hyginus. Fabulae, 24 and 273; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 9.27 ff.; Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 18.9; vi, 20.9; v, 17.4; Ovid. Metamorphoses xii, 409 ff.
- Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 13.2 ff.; Pindar. Nemean Odes iv, 90 ff.
- Pseudo-Apollodorus, l.c.; Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, i, 224.
- Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 13.7.
- 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.