The son of Adrastus and Amphitea or Demanassa.1 He joined the Epigoni when they marched to avenge the deaths of the fathers (see Seven against Thebes), even though his father Adrastus was the only one of the seven who had survived. The Epigoni eventually took the city but Aegialeus died during the war.2 When Adrastus learned of his son's death he died from grief.

Aegialeus was worshiped as a hero at Pegae in Megaris, and it was believed that his body was brought there from Thebes.3



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 9.13; Hyginus. Fabulae, 71.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 7.3; Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 5.7.
  3. Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 44.7.


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