A son of Caucon, Glaucon, or Pyrgeus,1 by Astydameia. He was a grandson of Poseidon,2 and a rival of Heracles both in his strength and his powers of eating, but he was conquered and slain by him. His tomb was believed to exist at Phigalia.3

According to some traditions, the town of Lepreum, in the south of Elis, was said to have derived its name from him. Cp. Leprea.



  1. Aelian. Varia Historia i, 24; Pausanias. Description of Greece v, 5.4.
  2. The Scholiast on Callimachus' Hymn to Zeus, 39, calls him a son of Poseidon.
  3. Athenaeus, x, p. 41 ff.; Pausanias, l.c.; Eustathius on Homer, p. 1523.


  • 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.