The mythical ancestor of the Dorians; he is described either as a son of Hellen, by the nymph Orseis, and a brother of Xuthus and Aeolus;1 or as a son of Apollo, by Phthia, and a brother of Laodocus and Polypoetes,2 whereas Servius3 calls him a son of Poseidon. He is said to have assembled the people which derived its name from him (the Dorians) around him in the neighborhood of Parnassus.



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 7.3; Diodorus Siculus, iv, 60.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 7.6.
  3. on Virgil's Aeneid ii, 27.


  • Herodotus. Histories i, 56; comp. Müller. Die Dorier i, 1.1.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Strabo. Geography viii, p. 383.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.