A son of Pandion, and brother of Aegeus, Nisus, and Pallas. He was expelled by Aegeus, and took refuge in the country of the Termili, with Sarpedon. That country was afterwards called, after him, Lycia.1 He was honored at Athens as a hero, and the lyceum derived its name from him.2 He is said to have raised the mysteries of the great goddesses to greater celebrity, and to have introduced them from Attica to Andania in Messenia.3

He is sometimes also described as an ancient prophet,4 and the family of the Lycomedae, at Athens, traced their name and origin to him. This family was intimately connected with the Attic mysteries, and possessed chapels in the demus of Phylae and at Andania.5



  1. Herodotus. Histories i, 173, vii, 92.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece i, 19.4; Aristophanes. Wasps, 408.
  3. Pausanias. Description of Greece iv, 1.4 ff.
  4. ibid. iv, 20.2; x, 12, in fin.
  5. ibid. i, 22.7; iv, 1, 4 ff.; Plutarch. Themistocles, 1.


  • 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.