The eponymous hero of the Attic town of Marathon. According to some traditions, he was a son of Epopeus; and being driven from the Peloponnese by the violence of his father, he went to Attica. After his father's death, he returned to the Peloponnese, divided his inheritance between his two sons, and then settled in Attica.1

According to others, Marathon was an Arcadian, and took part with the Tyndaridae in their expedition against Attica, and in pursuance of an oracle, devoted himself to death before the beginning of the battle.2



  1. Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 1.1, 15.4, 32.4.
  2. Plutarch. Theseus, 32; comp. Philostratus. Lives of the Sophists ii, 7.


  • 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.