The eldest, but natural son of Oebalus and the naiad Batea, and a stepbrother of Tyndareus, Icarius and Arene, at Sparta. After his father's death, Hippocoon expelled his brother Tyndareus, in order to secure the kingdom to himself; but Heracles led Tyndareus back, and slew Hippocoon and his sons.

The number and names of Hippocoon's sons are different in the different writers: Apollodorus mentions twelve, Diodorus ten, and Pausanias only six. Ovid1 mentions the sons of Hippocoon among the Calydonian hunters.



  1. Metamorphoses viii, 314.


  • Diodorus Siculus. Historical Library iv, 33.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 1.4, 14.6 ff., 15.2 ff.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 7.3; iii, 10.4.
  • 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.