The son of Tereus and Procne. His parents commanded the day he was born to be celebrated as a festival. He was later killed by his mother, who cooked him and served his flesh for dinner to Tereus, because Tereus had violated and imprisoned her sister Philomela. After Tereus had finished eating, Philomela sprang forward and hurled the bloodstained head of Itus in his face.

Itys is also called Tereides (Τηρΐδης) after his father.



  • Ovid. Metamorphoses vi, 636 ff.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 14.8.