A son of Aleus and Neaera, and a brother of Cepheus and Auge, was king in Arcadia, and married to Cleophile, Eurynome, or Antinoe, by whom he became the father of Ancaeus, Epochus, Amphidamas, and Iasus.1 Some also call Cepheus his son, and add another of the name of Iocrites.2

Lycurgus killed Areithous with his lance, meeting him in a narrow valley. He took the club with which his enemy had been armed, and used it himself; and on his death he bequeathed it to his slave Ereuthalion, his sons having died before him.3 His tomb was afterwards shown at Lepreos.4



  1. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 9.1 ff.; Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, i, 164.
  2. Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library i, 8.2; Stephanus of Byzantium, s.v. Βωταχίδαι.
  3. Homer. Iliad vii, 142 ff.; Pausanias. Description of Greece viii, 4.7.
  4. Pausanias. Description of Greece v, 5.4.


  • 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.