A chief of the Eleans, and son of Onesimachus or of Acetor.1 According to Hyginus, Amarynceus himself joined the expedition against Troy with nineteen ships. Homer, on the other hand, only mentions his son Diores (Amarynceides) as partaking in the Trojan war.2 When Amarynceus died, his sons celebrated funeral games in his honor, in which Nestor, as he himself relates,3 took part.

According to Pausanias4 Amarynceus had been of great service to Augeas against Heracles, in return for which Augeas shared his throne with him.



  1. Hyginus. Fabulae, 97; Eustathius on Homer, p. 303.
  2. Iliad ii, 622. iv, 517.
  3. Iliad xxiii, 629 ff.
  4. Description of Greece v, i.8.


  • 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.