A very old man who upheld justice and who was fearful of the gods. He tried to prevent the fighting between Perseus and Phineus and his companions. Because of his age he could not fight himself so instead he warred in words, cursing the sinful weapons.
Chromis stepped forward and decapitated him with his sword. The old man clung to to the altar with trembling hands as his head fell straight on to the hearth, still uttering imprecations until its life expired.
- Ovid. Metamorphoses v, 74-106.