Or Iphiclus (Ἴφικλος), or Iphicleus (Ἰφικλεύς). A son of Amphitryon and Alcmene of Thebes, was one night younger than his half-brother Heracles, who strangled the snakes which had been sent by Hera or by Amphitryon, and at which Iphicles was frightened.1 He was first married to Automedusa, the daughter of Alcathous, by whom he became the father of Iolaus, and afterwards to the youngest daughter of Creon.2 He accompanied Heracles on several expeditions, and is also mentioned among the Calydonian hunters.3

According to Apollodorus,4 he fell in battle against the sons of Hippocoon, but according to Pausanias,5 he was wounded in the battle against the Molionides, and being carried to Pheneus, he was nursed by Buphagus and Promne, but died there, and was honored with a heroum.



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 4.8.
  2. ibid. ii, 4.11.
  3. ibid. i, 8.2.
  4. ibid. ii, 7.3.
  5. Description of Greece viii, 14.9.


  • 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.