One of the mythical kings of Arcadia. He was the son of Elatus,1 and originally ruled over Phaesana on the Alpheius in Arcadia. When Cleitor, the son of Azan, died without leaving any issue, Aepytus succeeded him and became king of the Arcadians, a part of whose country was called after him Aepytis.2

He is said to have been killed during the chase on Mount Sepia by the bite of a venomous snake.3 His tomb there was still shown in the time of Pausanias, and he was anxious to see it, because it was mentioned in Homer.4



  1. Pindar. Olympian Odes vi, 54.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece viii, 4.4, 34.3.
  3. ibid. viii, 4.4, 16.2.
  4. Iliad ii, 604.


  • 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.