The helper in distress, a surname of Apollo at Athens, the origin of which is explained in different ways.

According to some, the god was thus called because he had assisted the Athenians in the war with the Amazons, who were defeated on the seventh of Boedromion, the day on which the Boedromia were afterwards celebrated.1 According to others, the name arose from the circumstance, that in the war of Erichthonius and Ion against Eumolpus, Apollo had advised the Athenians to rush upon the enemy with a war-shout (Βοή), if they would conquer.



  1. Plutarch. Theseus, 27.


  • Callimachus. Hymn to Apollo, 69.
  • Harpocrates, Suidas, Etymologicum Magnum, s.v. Βοηδρόμιος.
  • 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.