A son of Caeneus or Schoeneus, king of Arcadia or of Argos, was married to Epicaste, by whom he had among other children a daughter Harpalyce. He entertained an unnatural love for his daughter, and after having committed incest with her, he gave her in marriage to Alastor, but afterwards took her away from him, and again lived with her. Harpalyce, in order to avenge her father's crime, slew her younger brother, or, according to others, her own son, and placed his flesh prepared in a dish before her father. She herself was thereupon changed into a bird, and Clymenus hanged himself.



  • Hyginus. Fabulae, 242, 246, 255.
  • Parthenius. Erotica Pathemata, 13.
  • 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.