The builder of the Argo, the ship of the Argonauts, was according to Apollodorus,1 a son of Phrixus. Apollonius Rhodius2 calls him a son of Arestor, and others a son of Hestor or Polybus.3 Argus, the son of Phrixus, was sent by Aeëtes, his grandfather, after the death of Phrixus, to take possession of his inheritance in Greece.

On his voyage thither he suffered shipwreck, was found by Jason in the island of Aretias, and carried back to Colchis.4 Hyginus5 relates that after the death of Phrixus, Argus intended to flee with his brothers to Athamas.



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 9.1, 16.
  2. Argonautica i, 112.
  3. Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, i, 4; on Lycophron, 883; Hyginus. Fabulae, 14; C. Valerius Flaccus. Argonautica i, 39, who calls him a Thespian.
  4. Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica ii, 1095 ff.; Hyginus. Fabulae, 21.
  5. Fabulae, 3.


  • 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.