A son of Xuthus and Creusa, the daughter of Erechtheus. He was the ancestor of the Achaeans, a people in the region of the Peloponnese. After the death of his uncle Aeolus in Thessaly, Achaeus went there and made himself master of Phthiotis, which received from him the name of Achaea.

Servius calls him a son of Jupiter and Pithia (Phthia).1



  1. Servius on Virgil's Aeneid i, 242.


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  • Strabo. Geography viii, 383.