A Trojan, a natural son of Anchises and a brother of Eryx.1 Previous to the emigration of Aeneas, Elymus and Aegestus had fled from Troy to Sicily, and had settled on the banks of the river Crimisus, in the country of the Sicani. When afterwards Aeneas also arrived there, he built for them the towns of Aegesta and Elyme, and the Trojans who settled in that part of Sicily called themselves Elymi, after Elymus.2

Strabo3 calls him Elymnus, and says that he went to Sicily with Aeneas, and that they together took possession of Eryx and Lilybaeum. Elymus was further believed to have founded Asca and Entella in Sicily.4



  1. Tzetzes on Lycophron, 959.
  2. Dionysius. Antiquitates Romanae i, 52 ff.
  3. xiii, p. 608.
  4. Virgil. Aeneid v, 73, with Servius's note.


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

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