A king of Crete, a son of Teutamus, and married to Europa after she had been carried to Crete by Zeus. He raised the children she had by Zeus — Minos, Sarpedon, and Rhadamanthys — as his own. Upon his death he gave his kingdom to Minos.

He is also called Asterius (Ἀστέριος).



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  • Diodorus Siculus, iv, 60.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 1.2 ff.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.