The son of Perieres by Gorgophone, and the brother of Aphareus. They inherited the kingdom of Messenia from their father, although Aphareus had the greater authority. His wife is Philodice, by whom he became the father of Phoebe and Hilaeira, also known as the Leucippides. The Dioscuri carried them off and married them.

Leucippus is mentioned among those who participated in the Calydonian hunt. The Boeotian town of Leuctra is said to have derived its name from him.



  • Ovid. Metamorphoses viii, 306.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 16.1, 17.3, 18.11, 26.1; iv, 3.2, 21.6, 31.6, 9.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 10.3, 11.2.