The king of Orchomenus in Boeotia, the son of Presbon, and the father-in-law of Nestor. His wife is Budeia. Clymenus was killed at a festival of the Onchestian Poseidon, when one of the visiting Thebans threw a stone at him during a scuffle. Erginus and his brothers immediately gathered a force and attacked Thebes. The Thebans were defeated and were forced to sign a treaty in which they agreed to pay an annual tribute of one hundred oxen for the murder of Clymenus. When Heracles had grown to manhood in Thebes, the Thebans were thus relieved of the tribute, and the Minyans suffered a grievous defeat in the war.

Clymenus is also an epithet of Hades.



  • Hyginus. Fabulae, 14.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece ix, 37.1, 2.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 4.11.