One of the original inhabitants of Laconia which was called after him, its first king, Lelegia. He was married to the naiad Cleochareia, by whom he became the father of Myles, Polycaon, and Eurotas. He had a heroum at Sparta.

Some call his wife Peridia, and his children Myles, Polyclon, Bomolochus, and Therapne; while Eurotas is represented as a son of Myles and a grandson of Lelex.1 In other traditions, again, Lelex is described as a son of Spartus, and as the father of Amyclas.2



  1. Scholiast on Euripides' Orestes, 615.
  2. Stephanus of Byzantium, s.v. Λακεδαίμων.


  • Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 1.1, 12.4; iv, 1.2.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii 10.3.
  • 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.