A son of Poseidon and Amymone, of Argos, a famous navigator, and father of Proetus and Damastor.1 He is the reputed founder of the town of Nauplia, which derived its name from him.2 He is also said to have discovered the constellation of the great bear.3



  1. Apollonius Rhodius. Argonautica i, 136 ff.; Scholiast on Apollonius Rhodius, iv, 1091.
  2. Pausanias. Description of Greece ii, 38.2; iv, 35.2; Scholiast on Euripides' Orestes, 54.
  3. Theon, on Aratus' Phaenomena, 27; Pausanias. Description of Greece viii, 48.5; Strabo. Geography viii, p. 368.


  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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