"With golden horses." A son of Pelops by the nymph Axioche or by Danais,1 and accordingly a stepbrother of Alcathous, Atreus, and Thyestes. While still a boy, he was carried off by king Laius of Thebes, who instructed him in driving a chariot.2 According to others, he was carried off by Theseus during the contests celebrated by Pelops;3 but Pelops recovered him by force of arms. His step-mother Hippodamia hated him, and induced her sons Atreus and Thyestes to kill him; whereas, according to another tradition, Chrysippus was killed by his father Pelops himself.4



  1. Plutarch. Parallel Lives of the Noble Greek and Romans; History of Greece and Rome, 33.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 5.5.
  3. Hyginus. Fabulae, 271.
  4. Pausanias. Description of Greece vi, 20.4; Hyginus. Fabulae, 85; Scholiast on Thucydides, i, 9.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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