A son of Myles, and grandson of Lelex. He was the father of Sparta, the wife of Lacedaemon, and is said to have carried the waters, stagnating in the plain of Lacedaemon, into the sea by means of a canal, and to have called the river which arose therefrom after his own name, Eurotas.

Apollodorus1 calls him a son of Lelex by the nymph Cleochareia, and in Stephanus of Byzantium2 his mother is called Taygete.3



  1. The Library iii, 10.3.
  2. s.v. Ταΰγετον.
  3. Comp. Scholiast on Pindar's Pythian Odes iv, 15; on Pindar's Olympian Odes vi, 46; on Lycophron, 886.


  • Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 1.2.
  • 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.