One of the heroes eponymoi of the Athenians. He is said to have been a son of Orpheus, and the phyle of Leontis derived its name from him.1 Once, it is said, when Athens was suffering from famine or plague, the Delphic oracle demanded that the daughters of Leos should be sacrificed, and the father's merit was that he complied with the command of the oracle. See Leontides.
- Aelian. Varia Historia xii, 28.
- Demosthenes. Epitaph, p. 1398.
- Diodorus Siculus. Historical Library xv, 17.
- Hieronymus. Adversus Jovinianum p. 185 (ed. Mart.).
- Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 5.2.
- Plutarch. Theseus, 13.
- Scholiast on Thucydides, vi, 57.
- Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
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