An ancient race of heroes at Orchomenos, Iolcos, and other places. Their ancestral hero, Minyas, is said to have migrated from Thessaly into the northern parts of Boeotia, and there to have established the powerful race of the Minyans, with the capital of Orchomenos.

As the greater part of the Argonauts were descended from the Minyans, they are themselves called Minyae; and the descendants of the Argonauts founded a colony in Lemnos, which was called Minyae. Thence they proceeded to Elis Triphylia, and to the island of Thera.



  • Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica i, 229.
  • Herodotus. Histories i, 146, iv, 145.
  • Pausanias. Description of Greece vii, 2.2; ix 36; comp. Müller. Orchomenos und die Minyer.
  • Pindar. Olympian Odes xiv, 4; Pythian Odes iv, 69.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.
  • Strabo. Geography ix, pp. 404, 414; viii, pp. 337, 347.

This article incorporates text from Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology (1870) by William Smith, which is in the public domain.