A son of Erichthonius, king of Athens, and father of Phalerus the Argonaut. He was such a skilled archer that once, when a serpent had entwined his son, he shot the serpent without hurting the child.1

A similar story is told by Virgil,2 who calls Alcon a Cretan.



  1. Valerius Flaccus i, 399 ff.
  2. Eclogues v, 11.


  • Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica i, 97.
  • Hyginus. Fabuluae, 14.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.