The son of Pelops. After he killed Iphitus he fled from Elis to Mycenae where he was purified by king Eurystheus. Eurystheus employed Copreus to announce his orders to Heracles. He is the father of Periphetes, who was slain by Hector.

Euripides makes Copreus the herald of Eurystheus in his Heracleidae.



  • Homer. Iliad xv, 639.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 5.1.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.