The father of Eumelus, king of the island of Cos, which he thus called after his daughter, while the inhabitants were called after him, Meropes. His wife, the nymph Ethemea, was killed by Artemis, because she had neglected to worship that goddess, and was carried by Persephone to the lower world.

Merops, from a desire after his wife, wished to make away with himself, but Hera changed him into an eagle, whom she placed among the stars.



  • Antoninus Liberalis, 15.
  • Euripides. Helen, 384.
  • Eustathius on Homer, p. 318.
  • Hyginus. Poetical Astronomy ii, 16.
  • 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.