The third king of Argos, was a son of Zeus and Niobe.1 A Scholiast2 calls him a son of Apis, whom he succeeded in the kingdom of Argos. It is from this Argus that the country afterwards called Argolis and all the Peloponnese derived the name of Argos.3

By Evadne, or according to others, by Peitho, he became the father of Iasus, Peiranthus or Peiras, Epidaurus, Criasus, and Tiryns.4



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 1.1 ff.
  2. Scholiast on Homer's Iliad i, 115.
  3. Hyginus. Fabulae, 145; Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 16.1, 22.6, 34.5.
  4. Scholiast on Euripides' Phoenician Women, 1151, 1147; on Euripides' Orestes, 1252, 1248, 930.


  • 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.