A son of Electryon and the Phrygian slave Midea, and consequently a half-brother of Alcmene.1 He was married to Perimede, by whom he became the father of Oeonus, Argeus, and Melas. He was a friend of Heracles, whose son Tlepolemus slew him, according to some unintentionally, and according to others in a fit of anger.2 His tomb was shown in aftertimes at Argos.3



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece iii, 15.4.
  2. Pindar. Olympian Odes vii, 50 ff.; Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library ii, 8.2; ii, 4.5; comp. Homer. Iliad ii, 663.
  3. Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 22.8; Plutarch. Pyrrhus, 34.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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