A divinity who was worshiped at Lacedaemon, and averted the anger of Zeus Hicesius for the treachery committed by Pausanias, a general at Plataea.1

Epidotes, which means the "liberal giver," occurs also as a surname of other divinities, such as Zeus at Mantineia and Sparta,2 of the god of sleep at Sicyon, who had a statue in the temple of Asclepius there, which represented him in the act of sending a lion to sleep,3 and lastly of the beneficent gods, to whom Antoninus built a sanctuary at Epidaurus.4



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 17.8.
  2. ibid. viii, 9.1; Hesychius s.v.
  3. Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 10.3.
  4. ibid. ii, 27.7.


  • 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.