A son of Apollo and Areia of Crete. Being beloved by Minos and Sarpedon, he attached himself to the latter, and fled from Minos to Caria, where he built a town, which he called after his own name.

Ovid1 calls him a son of Apollo and Deione, and hence Deionides (Δηϊονίδης). A different genealogy and story about him is preserved in Antonius Liberalis.2



  1. Metamorphoses ix, 442.
  2. 30.


  • Pausanias. Description of Greece vii, 2.3.
  • Pseudo-Apollodorus. The Library iii, 1.2.
  • Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, i, 186.
  • 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.