According to Homer,1 a son of Ormenus of Eleon in Thessaly, where Autolycus broke into his house and stole the beautiful helmet, which afterwards came into the hands of Meriones, who wore it during the war against Troy.

Amyntor was the father of Crantor, Euaemon, Astydameia, and Phoenix. The last of these was cursed and expelled by Amyntor for having entertained, at the instigation of his mother Cleobule or Hippodamia, an unlawful intercourse with his father's mistress.2 According to Apollodorus,3 who states that Amyntor blinded his son Phoenix, he was a king of Ormenium, and was slain by Heracles, to whom he refused a passage through his dominions, and the hand of his daughter Astydameia.4

According to Ovid,5 Amyntor took part in the Calydonian Hunt, and was king of the Dolopes, and when conquered in a war by Peleus, he gave him his son Crantor as a hostage.



  1. Iliad x, 266.
  2. Homer. Iliad ix, 434 ff.; Lycophron, 417.
  3. The Library ii, 7.7; iii, 13.7.
  4. Comp. Diodorus Siculus, iv, 37.
  5. Metamorphoses viii, 307; xii, 364 ff.


  • 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.