A son of Ardys, and a priest of Apollo. He came from the town of Chryse, near Troy, and is the father of Astynome (who was called Chryseïs after him). When his town was taken, Astynome was awarded by the gods to Agamemnon.

Chryses demanded the return of his daughter but he was ignominiously dismissed. He appealed to Apollo who sent a plaque to the Greek camp. The seer Calchas informed the Greeks that only the return of Astynome would bring an end to the plague, whereupon Astynome was restored to her father. Agamemnon, seeking to be compensated for his loss, demanded Briseis, the slave of Achilles, which enraged the latter and he refused to fight for the Greeks any further.



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  • Homer. Iliad i, 10 ff.