"Soot." A centaur and an augur, whom Hesiod1 calls oionistes (οἰωνιστής), probably from his skill in observing or prophesying from the flight of birds. He told Nessus that he was fated to die by Heracles' arrows.2

Absolus fought against the Lapiths at the nuptials of Pirithous, and was subsequently nailed to a cross by Heracles, who is said to have made an epigram upon him, which is preserved in Philostratus.2



  1. Shield of Heracles, 185.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library xii, 290-326.
  3. Heroicus ixx, 17; comp. Tzetzes. Chiliades v, 22.


  • 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.