A son of Zeus by the nymph Othreis. He was exposed by his mother in a wood, lest Hera should discover the affair. But Zeus took care that he was reared by bees, and the boy grew up. At length he was found by his step-brother Phagrus, the son of Apollo and Othreis, and who took him with him, and gave him the name of Meliteus, from his having been reared by bees.

The town of Melite in Phthia was said to have been built by him.



  • Antoninus Liberalis, 13.
  • 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.